Grandma’s Apple Crisp

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It’s my favorite time of the year.


I love everything about it – a new school year starting (we homeschool year-round, but start fresh again every fall) which means new beginnings and back to routine, the cooler weather, the bold colors in nature, apple picking, hay rides, corn mazes, and yes, even football!

apple crisp


And the one sure way I know that fall has arrived is when I get that first taste of fall – a sip of apple cider or a bite of apple crisp.  It’s a taste I look forward to and savor!

Today I’m going to share some of that fall goodness with you, grandma’s apple crisp recipe.

If you’re cooking with your kids, apple crisp is an ideal recipe for children to prepare. A friend of mine has told me of her fond memories of learning how to cook as a child. The first recipe she grew adept in, before moving on to experimenting with a variety of dishes, was apple crisp.

Perhaps you also have memories of making (or like me, eating) apple crisp during the fall.

So, let’s get started!

Ingredients for Apple Crisp recipe:

4 medium baking apples
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 cup butter, softened

Steps to Making the Apple Crisp:

1.  Put all of the ingredients, minus the apples, into a medium-sized bowl.

apple crisp: step one

 2.  Combine the ingredients together.  I find the best way to do this is with a knife; just keep cutting through the butter until it is all evenly mixed and looks something like this:

apple crisp - mixed ingredients

3.  Slice your apples and peel them if you prefer; I prefer to peel them, but keeping them unpeeled is fine, too. It adds a more homey texture to the dish if that’s what you’re aiming for.

apple crisp - apple slices

4.  Place apple slices in a greased baking dish about 8x8x2 in size.  Then evenly sprinkle with the brown sugar and oats mixture.

apple crisp in pan

5.  Bake the apple crisp at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown.

Grandma's apple crisp

6.  Serve your apple crisp warm. For an extra special treat, serve the apple crisp with homemade ice cream.

Lastly, a note for you moms …

You might be in the middle of a crazy-busy day just trying to get a meal on the table or prepare something extra special for visitors. I just want you to remember that the job you are doing right now, the task before you, is an important one.

And if you need some encouragement along these lines, please read this short post on Finding Hope and Purpose in an Ordinary Life.

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Grandma’s Apple Crisp

  • Author: Trish Corlew


  • 4 medium baking apples (sliced and peeled)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened


  1. Place all ingredients (except apples) into a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Combine ingredients (with a knife or fork) until crumbly.
  3. Place peeled and sliced apples in a greased baking dish (9X7X2 or 8X8X2).
  4. Evenly sprinkle brown sugar mixture over apples.
  5. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown.
  6. Serve warm with homemade ice cream!


If you can’t eat it all in one sitting, cover and refrigerate.  When you are ready to dig in again, pop a serving into the microwave for about 45 seconds to warm it back up.

What are some of your favorite things about fall?
How about some of your favorite fall treats?

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  1. This sounds so good. I haven’t had apple crisp in a long time. My family will love this with ice cream. Thank you so much for sharing

  2. I love fall and I love any thing with apples. I have never had a apple crisp! My aunts and grandma alway made baked/fried apple pies. But I just may have to make this

  3. My grandma never made any apple crisp for us. This sounds so good and so easy to make. Fall is the time for any and all kinds of apple recipes

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