Mom’s Famous Apple Crisp

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There’s really nothing more exciting than knowing that Christmas is around the corner and I have an excuse to eat Apple Crisp for breakfast and dessert every day of the week!  Mom's Famous Apple Crisp from (@whatsgabycookin)

This classic apple crisp has been in the fam for years. My mom makes it for all special occasions starting at Thanksgiving and ending sometime in the new year and it’s easily my favorite holiday dessert. Especially served with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The streusel topping is out of this world and it’s hard to control myself – because given the opportunity, I’d eat nothing but the streusel bits with ice cream. Like many things that I eat, I consider it a game changer.

Mom's Famous Apple Crisp from (@whatsgabycookin)

Mom's Famous Apple Crisp from (@whatsgabycookin)

Apple Crisp

5 from 11 votes
My mom's famous apple crisp recipe is loaded with baked sliced apples and a crispy oat based topping that you'll love! Bonus points for ice cream
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people +


  • 5-6 Granny Smith Apples
  • 2-3 Fuji Apples
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup old fashion oats
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • Vanilla ice cream to serve


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Peel, core, quarter and slice the apples into 1/3 inch pieces. Pile the apple slices into decorative baking dish (about 10 inches in diameter) and sprinkle with the cinnamon, making sure to evenly layer the top of the apples.
  • Use a pastry cutter or fork to combine the butter, brown sugar, oats and flour and sprinkle on top of the apples.
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  • Serve with ice cream
Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Prop Styling by Gena Sigala // Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. 5 stars
    Wow – this is hands-down my favorite fall desert to make and to eat! I get asked for the recipe every time I make it!

    1. 5 stars
      I assemble ahead the night before I want to serve, bake on day of all the time and it still turns out great!

  2. 5 stars
    Everything about this recipe is perfect. I like that you don’t add extra sugar to the apples like I’ve seen in other recipes and the ingredients are basic enough to have on hand. The granny smith apples combined with fuji give the right amount of tart and sweet.

  3. So simple and so good. I added a little salt and extra oats to the crumble and the end result was delicious. I’ve made it twice within a three week span!

  4. Can you make the morning of Thanksgiving.but bake it before I serve? Will it be ok in the fridge all day before baking? Thank you!

  5. If I needed to make a larger quantity (we have a lot of kids coming for Thanksgiving!), do you think I could 1 1/2x or double it and put it in a 9×13?

  6. If you’re making the morning of thanksgiving should you put a little lemon juice on the apples to keep from oxidizing prior to adding the topping?

  7. Hi Gaby! I just am wondering about the butter. In the recipe it calls for 1 1/4 cup butter but in your video it looks like you just used 1/4 cup. I’m about to bake mine but I used 1 1/4 cup butter and it doesn’t look right. Can you please clarify amount of butter?

  8. 5 stars
    I ended up taking the topping off and split it in 2 and added more oats, etc to both parts! Looks much better. I’ll put other part in freezer for next time I make. I LOVE everything you post. I make something of yours at least 2-3 times a week. Thank you for the wonderful recipes!! ❤️

  9. 5 stars
    Incredible! The two different apples really are amazing . The whole family was talking about this and the au gratin potatoes also featured on the site!

  10. If I were to bake this in individual ramekins (~6 oz), how long do you think they’d take in the oven?

  11. I just made the apple crisp, it looks delicious. I’m bringing it to a friend’s house in about 6 hours, should I leave it on the counter or in the fridge?

  12. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday. Delish. My crumble topping wasn’t crumbly though. I used room temp butter. Should I have chilled the butter? Going to make it again next week for a dinner party.

    1. I dont have it on the blog – but you can use this ratio but ditch the oats and add more brown sugar!!

  13. 5 stars
    This apple crisp was the perfect ending to our thanksgiving meal today! Super easy, prepped in the morning and then baked while we ate dinner. Everyone went back for seconds. Delish!

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