Scrumptious Apple Crisp

Scrumptious Apple Crisp

Scrumptious Apple Crisp

Looking for a healthy-ish desert and not sure what to do with a bunch of extra apples? Make Apple Crisp!

With COVID-19 we are constantly looking for fun but safe things do with our very active toddlers!  This summer while we were camping we took the boys to a farm to pick our own fruit, HELLO apples and peaches! 

Scrumptious Apple Crisp

We took them to a beautiful orchard called Chiles Peach Orchard in Crozet, VA tucked in next to the Appalachian Mountains and about 20 minutes from Skyline Drive.  They have over a dozen different types of apples throughout the season and we found everyone super friendly and helpful!  Added bonus, they have restrooms which is a must have for the littles!

Scrumptious Apple Crisp

What to do with all those apples!!!  Make Apple Crisp!

The boys had a blast running around the orchard picking fresh fruit.  The basket did not look nearly as big when we were picking the apples, now that we are home to say we ended up with too many apples is an understatement.  However, this gave me a great excuse to play around and perfect an apple crisp recipe…yum!

Scrumptious Apple Crisp

What type of apples is best for baking Apple Crisp? 

According to there are 7,500 different varieties.  YES, you are reading this correctly 7,500, of which there are 2,500 varieties in the United States alone!

When selecting the best apple to use, it depends on how you plan to use the apple.  When making apple crisp I recommend an apple that works well for baking.  

Scrumptious Apple Crisp

HoneyCrisp Apples 

This is a great option as they are easy to get in the grocery store, have a great crisp texture and hold firm when baking.  

Braeburn Apples

Another great option, and typically easy to find in the grocery store as well.  Braeburn apples are juicy when cooked and have a strong enough flavor that they hold their own when mixed with strong spices such as cinnamon.  

Pink Lady Apples

These are a little harder to find in my experience but are a great apple that is both sweet and tart.  



Scrumptious Apple Crisp

Scrumptious Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp is delicious and an easy to make alterantive to apple pie.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 43 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 446 kcal


The Topping

  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter thin slices
  • 1/2 cup pecans diced

The Apples

  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 6 apples peeled and sliced


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Spray a 8x12 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Preparing the apples

  • In a mixing bowl place the apple slices, 2 tbsp molasses, 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Mix together and transfer to the baking dish.

Preparing the topping

  • In a seperate bowl, add all topping ingredients and using a pastry cutter (you can also use a butter knife, forks or your hands!) cut the butter into the oat mixture until the butter is smaller than a pea.
  • Spread the topping over the apples in the baking dish and lightly pat.
  • Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes.


Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!
Keyword apple crisp, apples, recipes with apples

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