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The melt-in-your-mouth crumble topping screams cinnamon and butter and will have your family begging for more. of Grandma's Easy Apple Crisp.
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Grandma's Easy Apple Crisp

Grandma's Easy Apple Crisp recipe is a traditional, old fashioned apple crisp without oats. The melt-in-your-mouth topping screams cinnamon and butter and will have your family begging for more.  
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crisp without oats, Easy Apple Crisp, grandma's easy apple crisp
Servings: 8
Calories: 239kcal
Author: Barbara


  • 4 cups peeled and sliced apples
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • Arrange peeled and sliced apples in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Combine water and cinnamon, and pour over apple slices.
  • Work together flour, sugar and butter until it becomes crumbly.
  • Sprinkle mixture over apples.
  • Bake until golden brown, approximately 35-40 minutes. 


  • You can use a metal 9 x 9 or 8 x 8 inch pan or go old fashioned and use a 1 1/2 or 2 quart Pyrex or Corning Ware dish. Any of those will work.  Just watch the cooking time.  This delicious apple crisp will cook faster in a larger pan because it's spread thinner.
  • Grandma says margarine can be used instead of butter.
  • To make the crumbly topping for this old fashioned apple crisp, use two forks, a pastry blender or even your clean hands. Work it until it resembles course crumbs. 
  • This recipe inspired us to make a divine cherry version.  Try it!  A peach version would be good too.
  • Should you should peel your apples first before making this crisp? Not necessarily.  If you are in a hurry, then you could leave the peels on; however, this does change the texture of the crisp.  If you have time, go ahead and peel them.
  • Grandma would say to use whatever apples you have on hand for this easy apple crisp recipe. We agree!


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 279IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg