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Cinnamon Apple Crisp Without Oats is the best apple crisp recipe with a crisp topping and no oats. An easy recipe for a classic fall dessert and one of the best desserts for fall. Made with Granny Smith apples, brown sugar and plenty of cinnamon, it’s even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce!

cinnamon apple crisp with no oat topping on a white plate with vanilla ice cream

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

One of the best things about fall is that it’s apple season. Everyone in my family loves apples in just about any form, but we especially enjoy eating them when they’ve been baked to perfection in a sweet and juicy apple crisp.

It’s funny but I had never even heard of this simple fall dessert until I got married. Growing up, my favorite apple recipes were apple pies and caramel apples, and lots of applesauce.

But the Hubs’ mom always made this classic apple crisp without oats recipe after the family trip to the apple orchard.

So, a lot of apple crisps are made with oats. Actually, it seems like almost everyone else uses oats in their homemade apple crisp recipes. The Pioneer Woman’s apple crisp is one of the few recipes for apple crisp without oats that I have seen.

This easy apple crisp recipe is made without oats, and it’s incredibly simple to make — easier than apple pie! You get an apple crumble topping that crisps up nicely while baking without oatmeal.

Anyway, like I said, this easy dessert is basically Grandma’s recipe for old fashioned apple crisp, except that I  like to add a bit more cinnamon when I make it. That’s why I call this tasty version Cinnamon Apple Crisp.

Best Apples for Baked Desserts

I always use Granny Smith apples when baking or making sweet apple desserts. You get a nice balance of tart and sweet.

Plus, these tart apples are firm enough to hold up well when baked. If you want a slightly different taste, try honey crisp, golden delicious, gala or pink lady apples.

Apple Crisp Ingredients

Not only is this delicious recipe easy to prepare, but it’s also made with simple ingredients. Most of these are pantry staples!

  • Granny Smith apples — the best apples for baking
  • White sugar — for sweetness
  • Brown sugar — for added sweetness and flavor
  • All purpose flour — for the streusel topping
  • Cinnamon — for that fall flavor
  • Lemon juice — to prevent fresh apples from browning
  • Butter — I use salted butter, but unsalted butter is fine

How to Make Apple Crisp without Oats

mix apples for cinnamon apple crisp

First, you wash, peel, core and cut the apples into thin slices. I’m not the best apple peeler in the world, but it’s fine if there are some peels left on.

Next, place the sliced apples into a prepared baking dish. A 9 x 13-inch pan is perfect! Then, pour the lemon juice over the apples, so they don’t brown.

Mix the sugars and cinnamon together, and sprinkle them over the apples. You can do this in the baking dish! Then, dot with butter.

cut butter and flour to make apple crisp topping

To make the crisp topping, mix the flour, sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. next, cut the butter into the flour mixture with a knife, fork, pastry cutter or pastry blender.

I use room temperature butter for best results in fruit crisp toppings — not super cold butter or melted butter. It’s easier to mix but still makes a crumbly topping.

Next, lightly pat the topping over the cinnamon apple filling. Pop the apple crisp into the oven, bake it until the top is golden brown, and you’re done! Super easy.

add topping to cinnamon apple crisp

Topping the warm apple crisp, or any fruit crisps, with a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream really takes this simple dessert to the next level.

If you serve this apple dessert while it’s still warm, the scoop of ice cream melts into the crumbly topping and baked cinnamon apples, and makes it cool and creamy.

The brown sugar in the apple filling gives this delicious fall dessert a hint of caramel flavor — yum! You can also top the crisp with caramel syrup or maple syrup for one of the most comforting desserts ever!

close up of apple crisp with ice cream

Recipe Variations

My recipe for apple crisp uses a little more cinnamon than most — it’s a personal preference. Reduce the cinnamon to 1 teaspoon and leave it out of the crunchy topping if you like.

Use your favorite apple variety if you’re not a fan of tart apples. Or use a combination of Granny Smith and sweeter apples.

You can vary the fruit filling in this basic fruit crisp. Try my fresh peach crisp without oats!

cinnamon apple crisp with vanilla ice cream

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftover apple crisp in an airtight container or cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, plastic wrap or a lid. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or at room temperature for 2 days if it’s cool enough in your house.

For longer storage, you can freeze this delicious apple crisp for up to 3 months.

We had this tasty cinnamon apple crisp for dessert last night, and today, there is just a tiny corner piece left. It’s definitely a family favorite dessert around here! We think it’s the best apple crisp recipe ever!

Expert Tips

Cut apple slices about 1/2 inch thick so that they cook evenly.

Use a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or similarly sized shallow baking dish for best results.

Don’t flatten the topping down too much or you won’t get those delicious crumbles.

Allow the crisp to cool down slightly before serving. It is best served warm.

More Apple Desserts to Love

My apple pie dump cake or my caramel apple dump cake and slow cooker apple cobbler are all easy cobbler recipes. This skillet apple pie and my crescent roll apple dumplings, caramel apple nachos and baked caramel stuffed apples are easy versions of classic desserts. My caramel apple dip is perfect for parties!

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Cinnamon Apple Crisp without Oats

By: Dee
Cinnamon Apple Crisp Without Oats is the best apple crisp recipe with a crisp topping and no oats. An easy recipe for a classic fall dessert and one of the best desserts for fall. Made with Granny Smith apples, brown sugar and plenty of cinnamon, it's even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients  

for the filling

  • 7 large Granny Smith apples, washed, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

for the topping

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup softened butter
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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Lightly grease a 9 X 13 baking dish.
  • Wash apples, then peel, core and slice them up about ½ inch thick
  • Arrange apples so that they cover the bottom of the pan and sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown.
  • Sprinkle with sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon, and mix well.
  • Cut the butter and arrange over the apple mixture.

for the topping

  • Combine the flour, sugar and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Cut the butter into thin slices, and cut into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Cover the apples with the topping, and pat down lightly.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and apples are soft.

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Notes

You can use 7 large apples or about 10 small ones. There should be enough apples to cover the bottom of the baking dish. 
Use room temperature butter, not super cold and not melted for best results.
Allow to cool slightly before serving. Best served warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 482kcal, Carbohydrates: 83g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 46mg, Sodium: 155mg, Potassium: 262mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 59g, Vitamin A: 648IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Recipe first published in 2014 and last updated in 2023.

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54 Comments

  1. Katie @ Creatively Living says:

    Yumm! Pinning to our Monday Funday board. Thanks for linking it up!

  2. Michelle Nahom says:

    Looks delicious! I love apple season…there is nothing like apples fresh off the tree. We try to go apple picking every year. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us at Foodie Fridays!

  3. Dee M says:

    Thanks so much, Maria! Apple picking sounds like a lot of fun. 🙂

  4. Maria says:

    Your apple crisp looks wonderful! One of my favorite fall desserts, I can't wait to go apple picking so I can make one! Yours looks delicious!

  5. Dee M says:

    Thanks for the pin, Stephanie. My family loved the recipe! 🙂

  6. Stephanie Jackson says:

    I love apple crisp. Can't wait to try your recipe. Pinning!

  7. Dee M says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, Dorrie. I really appreciate it! 🙂

  8. Dee M says:

    It's just slightly cooler here, but I couldn't wait! 🙂

  9. Leslie says:

    Yummy! I can't wait for cooler fall weather to crank out desserts like these.

  10. Dorrie Buccafusca says:

    Stopping by from the Twirl and Take a Bow Link party. I LOVE this!! Sharing over at Simple Southern Charm!