#8 Apple Crisp

I have one thing to say about this apple crisp: "Wow." . . . Followed by, "Are you going to finish yours?" I love love love this apple crisp. The apples are so soft, yet the crisp layers are so crunchy and wonderful. Yum.

This is another one of my favorite fall desserts. And, although it's really not very healthy, I couldn't resist. If you're having doubts about making this because of its nutritional value, go ahead and add even more apples than the recipe calls for. That has to help, right?

This crisp was pretty easy to make. The most time-consuming part was cutting and peeling all the apples. But, stick with it. It's worth it! While packing the crisp in the bottom of the pan, it may stick to your fingers, but keep working with it.

Honestly, my only defense for "This is a healthy dessert!" is that it has apples. And, I used less brown sugar than I could have. It's just so delicious. Topped with ice cream or frozen yogurt, you can't beat it. It's a great, crowd-pleasing treat.

I hope you FALL in love with this dessert and find it just as yummy and irresistible as I did. (You got the pun, right? Fall..) Anyway, just make it. And bask in its scrumptiousness.

Apple Crisp 
Prep Time: 45 minutes. Cook time: 35 minutes. Total time: 35 minutes.
Yields: 12 servings 


For apple layer:
*6-8 medium apples 
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For crisp layer:
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups old fashioned oats (or quick oats)
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup light butter, softened
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Ice cream, for topping (Optional)

*I used a mix of Gala and Golden Delicious. I think Honeycrisp would work, too.


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish. Set aside.

2. Use an apple cutter to slice apples into wedges, then peel them. Cut each wedge into thirds or fourths length-wise twice to make long, thin slices.

3. Place apple slices in a plastic baggie. Add brown sugar and cinnamon. Toss and mix until apples are coated.

4. In a bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter and stir until the mix becomes dough-y, with no loose flour mixture. I used my hands to combine.

5. Take half of crisp mixture and press in the bottom of the pan until it's covered. Dump and spread apple layer evenly on top. Take remaining half of crisp mixture and sprinkle it over the apples, covering it as much as possible. 

6. Bake for about 35 minutes until edges are bubbling.

7. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

*Note: Nutrition facts may vary due to brand of products.

Recipe adapted from 

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