Health + Wellness

Apple Crisp Recipe

One of the things I look forward to most about the cooler weather is baking - specifically with apples. My mom has always made amazing apple pies and my best friend, Tamara, is the queen of intuitive baking. Using them both as inspirations, I was able to find a delicious apple crisp recipe that did not disappoint.
By Amy Voloshin
October 2021
Apple Crisp Recipe
Apple Crisp Recipe

Tamara bakes very intuitively, but this Martha Stewart recipe is incredibly close to what she makes. Being the queen of crumbles, Tamara uses a bit less fruit to let her crumble stand out, so I adjusted the recipe a bit to try to recreate hers exactly!

Apple Crisp Recipe
Apple Crisp Recipe


3/4 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)

1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)

3 pounds apples, such as Empire, Gala, or Braeburn, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Apple Crisp Recipe
Apple Crisp Recipe


Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, salt, and two tablespoons granulated sugar. Cut butter into flour, using a pastry blender or two knives, until mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Add oats, and use your hands to toss and squeeze mixture until large, moist clumps form. Transfer to the freezer to chill while you prepare apples.

Step 2: In another large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice, cinnamon, and the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart baking dish, and sprinkle with topping mixture. Place the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until golden and bubbling, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Apple Crisp Recipe
Apple Crisp Recipe

To Peel or Not to Peel?

After passing along this recipe with the Printfresh team, we came across a hot topic of discussion - whether or not to peel your apples. Learning from my mother, I have always peeled my apples when baking. However, Tamara and other Printfresh team members don’t peel (which seemed crazy to me)!

Help us settle this debate - Tell us in the comments: Do you peel your apples when baking?

For those of you that do choose to peel your apples, this peeler/corer is a must. Not only does it save time, but it can be used for other recipes and varying fruits/vegetables. It’s perfect when making homemade applesauce or a big batch of mashed potatoes.

I can’t wait to continue to work on my fall baking skills (including my mother’s apple pie) and look forward to sharing more cool weather recipes with all of you. Be sure to tag @printfresh on Instagram if you recreate this apple crisp!

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