Apple crisp is a classic North American dessert that can be made in a hurry. Perfect served warm alone or with ice cream.

One of the best parts of the autumn season is the abundance of apples. Red ones, green ones, tart one, sweet ones. And all the good things you can bake with them, like my mom’s apple crisp!

If I was a bit more of an apple connoisseur, this is where I’d wow you with all the names of the different types of apples. Unfortunately all I know is that Granny Smith apples should NOT be eaten raw (blech!) and my hubby adores Cortland apples more than any other kind.

Apples make really great pie this time of year. However, I’m not much of a pie-maker (my sister is the Queen of pies in our family), but I can throw together a mean crisp or compote (neither of which require a fussy crust). And my favorite go-to easy dessert recipe is My Mom’s Apple Crisp.

apple crisp detail on a plate

You see, My Mom’s Apple Crisp is quite versatile: I can use anywhere from 6-10 apples depending on how big I want to make it, I can use the full amount of sugar for a sweet dessert or I can cut the sugar in half (or even substitute some sugar for honey or maple syrup), and I can make it gluten free by using rice flour or a combination of rice flour and quinoa flakes.

apple crisp on a plate, apples in bowl

The best part is, after 18 years of practice, I can pretty much make it on the fly without a recipe!

My Mom’s Apple Crisp

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My Mom's Apple Crisp | Recipe

My Mom's Apple Crisp | Recipe

Warm, cozy apple crisp is the perfect dessert to whip up at the last minute for guests - or just for yourself!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 6-10 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, or more if you happen to be making it FOR my Mom!
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup flour or rolled oats, or a combination
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter melted, or oil


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients together and place into a greased baking dish (glass is best). Set aside.
  2. Combine last 3 ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Sprinkle over apples, covering apples completely.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.
  5. Apples should be soft and the top brown and crisp.
  6. Serve with vanilla ice cream or as my Dad likes it a big chunk of old cheddar cheese!

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my mom's apple crisp

Like I said, a super easy dessert that is perfect for last minute guests!

Want another fun apple dessert recipe? Try our Gluten Free Apple Fritter recipe!

Do you have any go-to recipes that you can make from scratch without looking at a recipe? How about a favorite fall dish?

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