One-Bowl Apple Crisp

A delicious classic that the whole family will love making and eating!

This recipe was originally created for Parents Magazine.

Apple Crisp in a white ceramic baking dish
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One-Bowl Apple Crisp

A delicious classic that the whole family will love making and eating!
Recipe Author Jessie Sheehan


For the topping

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed

For the apples

  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 medium apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled and cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.

For the topping

  • Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl
  • Rub the butter into the dry ingredients, using your fingers, until you can squeeze a bit in your hand and it sticks together. 
  • Refrigerate while you prepare the apples.

For the apples

  • Whisk the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish.
  • Add the apples and toss with your hands to coat.
  • Sprinkle with the lemon juice and toss a final time
  •  Cover the apples with the topping, forming small or medium crumbs with your fingers.
  • Gently press the crumbs into the apples.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, rotating at the halfway point, until the apples are bubbling, the topping is lightly browned, and a sharp knife inserted into the filling in the center of the dish does not offer up much resistance.
  • Let cool about15 minutes before serving with a drizzle of heavy cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • The crisp will keep on the counter tightly wrapped for up to 3 days.


Kids’ activity: Little fingers are perfect for rubbing cold butter into flour and sugar, though it will take a little muscle, depending on how cold your butter is (and the colder the better!). And little fingers are also perfect for forming the topping into little clumps and sprinkling them over the apples.

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