Cinnamon Apple Crisp is totally foolproof! This easy crisp is full of apple pie filling, brown sugar, cinnamon and a buttery crisp topping. Truly simple to make and loved by all!
When this crisp comes out of the oven, watch out! The kids and anyone in the house will come running for the first portions. If you have any apple pie obsessed peeps in your family, they will be jumping for joy when you make this (and so fast!).
As soon as it is fall season, it is crisp season! And my all-time favorite is an apple crisp! Well, I adore every apple dessert!! Crisps and also crumbles are loved by all in my family and are really no-fuss to make.
With a fruit base and sweet and crispy topping, there’s no wonder it’s so loved! There more easy to make than a traditional pie (no making a fussy dough or waiting for it to chill). Did I mention how no-fuss this dessert is???
One of my favorite recipes to make during the fall season is Apple Crisp. You could say it is my dessert obsession! I made this with oats and it is similar to my vegan apple-cranberry crisp. The kids were asking for a fast apple dessert.
I highly suggest serving it nice and hot (it’s hard to resist trying it once it’s baked!) with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yes, it will melt and the whole thing is just delightful!
No matter if you live somewhere where fall feels like summer or if fall feels like a winter wonderland, put this crisp in the oven to be transported to dreams of fall. Dreams of warm apple cider, apple picking, and visiting beautiful pumpkin patches. As I’m writing this I have another apple crisp baking and it smells incredible!
What is difference between a crips and a crumble?
A crisp is a dessert baked with fruit which is topped off with a crispy and crunchy layer that includes oats or nuts (or both). The crumble is also with the base of fruit, but the topping does not typically include oats or nuts. But there are so many variations of crumbles with oats, so the subject is well debated and a little confusing.
A soft apple pie filling bakes in a naturally occurring syrup topped with an incredible oatmeal cookie-like crumble. Serve with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream and watch it melt all over your hot crumble.
Could other pie fillings be used in this crisp recipe?
Yes, you can use other pie fillings! Blueberry, cherry and even peach all work so well with the crisp topping. Skip cinnamon with blueberry and cherry; it goes better with the peaches.
How to make a crisp with fresh apples?
I make apple crisps and crumbles all the time with fresh apples. In place of the canned apple filling, you will need about 6 large (sliced, cored and peeled). A combo of Granny Smith and another sweeter variety works nicely in this recipe.
The apples, ½ cup sugar, ½-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I like more cinnamon flavor) 1/2 teaspoon salt are combined and then spooned into your casserole or baking dish. Top with crisp and bake following the recipe below.
What ingredients are in an Apple Crisp: (full recipe is below)
- apple pie filling
- ground cinnamon
- all-purpose flour
- old-fashioned oats
- butter (or margarine)
- brown sugar
- granulated sugar
How do you make an apple crisp?
If you’re using apple pie filling, it’s really fast and easy to put together. The hardest part is putting together the topping (and it’s not hard, really!).
Spoon the filling into your baking dish. Sprinkle on a little cinnamon. The last step is to cover the apples with the crisp topping. It only takes about less than 10 minutes to prep. Then let the beautiful crisp bake away magically (for 30-40 minutes).
Can you make apple crisp in advance?
Yes, you can! Apple crisp is easy to prepare ahead. Put it all together and cover your baking dish tightly. Will stay fine refrigerate for up to 2 days. When ready to bake, take out of refrigerator, remove the cover, and place in your heated oven.
How to store an apple crisp?
Once the crisp has completely cooled, cover with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator covered tightly for up to 3 days. Remove the cover and heat in the oven to get it to crisp up again (or warm in microwave).
Some other apple recipes to enjoy:
- Here is my my vegan apple-cranberry crisp (made with apples, not pie filling).
- LOVE this Apple Pie with Oat Streusel
- This Apple Cider Donut Cake is crazy delicious!
- Apple Cider Mimomas are a special drink to serve at Thanksgiving
Cinnamon Apple Crisp
- 2 21 oz cans apple pie filling
- 1 ⅓ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ¾ cup unsalted butter cut into cubes (I used margarine to stay dairy-free)
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Pour both cans of apple pie filling into an 9 x 9 baking dish (or use a rectangular baking casserole).
- Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (reserve the rest for the crisp topping) on top of apple filling.
- Combine the oats, flour, butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Blend with your fingertips (or a pastry cutter) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
- Spoon the apple filling into a deep baking dish or pie plate. Top with the crumble mix.
- Put in the middle rack of the oven (either bake it on a baking sheet or a foil under the baking dish, to catch any possible spills).
- Bake for about 30-45 minutes, until topping looks crunchy. You want the fruit to start to bubble. If the topping starts to brown too much, cover with foil until complete. Take care when removing from the oven as the fruit will bubble and will be very hot. Good luck letting it cool before serving. Highly recommend a big scoop of vanilla ice-cream.