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apple crisp with ice cream on top on small white plate with gold spoon

Easy Apple Crisp

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Desserts & Sweets
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This easy apple crisp has big fall flavors throughout. Lovely warm notes like cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom are laced in every bite. A buttery, crunchy, oat-filled topping is the blanket that tops sweet + warm spiced apple slices. Serving this cozy dessert with a scoop of ice cream is an absolute must for extra yum!



For the apple filling:

  • 6 medium Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons superfine almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon- optional
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

For the crisp topping:

  • 1/2 cup superfine almond flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • vanilla ice cream, for serving- optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an 8×8 inch baking pan or a similar sized baking dish with butter or cooking spray and set aside.
  2. For the apple filling: In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, brown sugar, almond flour, lemon juice, bourbon, almond/vanilla extract, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom together. Toss this mixture together very well to thoroughly combine. I like to use my hands for this to really massage everything into each other nicely. 
  3. Empty the apple filling into the baking dish and then set aside.
  4. For the crisp topping: In a small bowl, combine the almond flour, oats, brown sugar, pecans, and cold butter together. Use your hands to mix everything together; pinching the butter between your fingers as you go until the the mixture is crumbly and sand-like. Then evenly sprinkle the crisp topping over the apple filling.
  5. Place the baking dish onto a large enough baking sheet just in case the crisp bubbles over.
  6. Bake the apple crisp for 40-45 minutes or until the crisp is bubbly throughout and golden brown on the top. Let the crisp cool down for at least 10 minutes.
  7. Serve the apple crisp warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!


  1. Please read the blog post in its entirety for more tips + tricks.
  2. Feel free to use Gala apples in place of Honeycrisp apples.
  3. All-purpose flour can be used in place of almond flour.

Keywords: easy apple crisp, fall baking, healthy desserts, apple desserts