Gramma’s Easy Apple Crisp

4.60 from 5 votes

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For me, this has to be the easiest apple crisp recipe and it’s all thanks to my Gramma. Made using peeled and chopped Granny Smith apples, this has a crunchy, buttery cinnamon topping all made from using basic pantry items.

Gramma's Easy Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp brings back fond memories of summertime at my maternal Grandmother’s house down in San Luis Obispo. After an awesome day of fun at either Pismo or Avilla  beach, coming home to the smell of apples and cinnamon baking, the promise of tangy, baked apples and the sweet crunchy topping with ice cream made for a very appealing dessert.

I also like to add a 1/4 cup oats and 1/4 cup chopped nuts occasionally to the topping mixture for added goodness!

prep photo of making Gramma's Easy Apple Crisp

Back in the day when I was a kid on summer vacation we would head south, leaving the foggy City by the Bay, San Francisco.

San Luis Obispo was a sleepy town back then and I can remember “heading down to the creek” to venture and find frogs, play outside and even walk down to the McDonalds, whose sign claimed to have served 3 then 4 then 6 then 12 “million” people.

After a day at Avila or Pismo Beach we would pick up some salt water taffy and maybe take a trip over to Cal Poly to see the pigs in their pens; it was big stuff for us city kids!

close up of Gramma's Easy Apple Crisp

We would always come back to my Grandma’s house, a two story, completely modern house designed by my architect uncle and pick fresh lemons from her amazing back yard, squeeze them in a hand crank juicer and make lemonade. Then we would pick fresh apples and she would make apple crisp for dessert…. ah great memories!

Lately I’ve been using Gala Apples and the results are just as good. Enjoy!

Gramma's Easy Apple Crisp

This Easy Apple Crisp recipe first appeared on Kevin Is Cooking on August 2013 and has been updated with new photos.

Gramma's Easy Apple Crisp

Gramma's Easy Apple Crisp

4.60 from 5 votes
This has to be the easiest apple crisp recipe! Made using peeled Granny Smith apples, this has a crunchy, buttery cinnamon topping using basic pantry items.
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Peel, core and slice the apples into bite size pieces. Place in a greased 13"x9" baking pan or stone.
  • In a mixing bowl beat the flour, sugar, oats, egg, baking powder and vanilla until it becomes a crumbled mixture.
  • Sprinkle this mixture over the apples, not covering completely, leaving breathing pockets here and there.
  • Melt the butter, drizzle over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 40 minutes.


Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1.3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Western
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  1. 3 stars
    I found this recipe very dry. Even the top selling of my apples got a bit burnt. I used honey crisp apples and granny smit. What did I do

    1. I am sorry that was your experience with this tried and true one, that’s never happened to me before. It’s usually soft inside under the crunchy topping. Not quite sure what could have happened. I actually make this once a month easily and it’s always spot on.

  2. 5 stars
    Love recipes like this! Sounds like it would be delicious today after Sunday supper 😉 Extra ice cream for me please!

  3. 5 stars
    I love treats that are tied to great childhood memories! Your Gramma’s apple crisp looks just perfect – thank you for sharing it with us!!

  4. Those sounds like nice memories. I’m sure the scent of an apple crisp must bring all that back to you. I love crisps, even more than pie!

  5. Hey Kevin! Apple crisp is a good ole comfort food! I have a question – how do you keep your neighbors from invading y’all’s house when you cook all these delicious things? I know if I lived near you I would be knocking on your door all the time!