Double Crumb Apple Crisp

Affiliate link disclosure for apple crispPerfect Apple Crisp – with a double layer of cinnamon oat topping, this is the best apple crisp ever! It is unbeatable with a scoop of vanilla ice have had an abundance of apples from our apple tree this year. I am not a fan of bottled apple pie filling, so we eat a lot of fresh apples. With the rest of them I like to make pie and apple crisp. There is something so comforting about homemade apple desserts when the weather is turning cooler, don’t you think?

Best Ever Apple Crisp - tender apples with a buttery oat topping. A perfect fall dessert recipe!

This is my very favorite recipe for apple crisp. It has crumbs on the bottom and the top, so it is extra yummy. Everybody knows the best part about apple crisp is the cinnamon oat topping, so you know this is gonna be good! I made this back before I was hit with the swine flu. Now I’m hungry just thinking about it. Oh my.
Check out all that yummy topping:

Perfect Apple Crisp - a double layer of cinnamon oat topping makes this the best apple crisp ever!

With a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it is the perfect fall treat!

Double Crumb Apple Crisp
Yield: 8-10 servings
  • 2 cups oats (I like old fashioned, but quick will work as well)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup soft butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 14 apples, peeled and sliced (11 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sugar plus 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Combine oats, sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a mixing bowl. Mix with a pastry cutter till crumbly. Add chopped nuts if desired. Press about a third of the mixture in the bottom of a 9x13" pan. Spread apples over crust and sprinkle with the 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar mixture. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture evenly over the top. Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or till apples are tender. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
-Tart apples like Granny Smiths work best for this recipe. Golden Delicious are good too. But not Red Delicious, they are not good apples for baking, they turn mushy.

 Other fabulous apple desserts:

Apple Pie Pizza
Sour Cream Apple Bars
Butterscotch Apple Cookies
Cranberry Apple Crisp


  1. Stephanie says:

    Can I use gala apples?

    • Gala apples aren’t the best for baking because they tend to loose their shape and get a little grainy, but they will work OK if that’s all you have.

  2. I made this as a treat for my husband, again for Thanksgiving, and now for Christmas! Mouth watering! Everyone loves it!

  3. Dana Mitchell says:

    This recipe looks amazing with the dbl crumbly mixture which is the best part of a crisp! Trying to accommodate a Gluten Free family member for Thanksgiving and wondering has anyone used Almond Flour instead of regular flour in the crumb mixture?

    So looking fwd to trying this recipe out!

  4. Nancy Lombardo says:

    I just made it with G.F flour & oats for my own dessert (I’m alone in the G.F. thing @ home). It is SO yummy! I’ll be making it to bring a dish parties.

  5. I’m diabetic so I used all sugar free ingredients and it was amazing! I’ve made apple crisps for 35 year’s and this recipe is my favorite! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  6. Denise B. says:

    Just made this. It is awesome. Family loves it

  7. If i only use 6 apples half of what the recipe asks ,do i cut each of every other ingredient in half as well?

  8. This recipe provides what all apple crisp lovers want – more crisp and crumb! Recipe is perfect. When I made it, I used a smaller and deeper pan, which caused a problem – the top crust was too thick, so the syrup did not reach it, so the top was too dry. But I saved it by pushing the top down with a spoon into the syrup below, then baked a little longer. This proves that when you don’t follow a recipe exactly, unforeseen problems can occur. But it turned out great! Thanks for this recipe!

  9. I made this for the first time for company saturday night and everyone loved it! I served it warm with praline ice cream, and drizzled caramel sauce over top of both. It was delicious!

  10. This is by far the best apple crisp I ever made. So simple and so decadent. Thanks for posting the recipe.🍏

  11. Just wondering if you can cut recipe in half? Thanks

    • Yes, you can absolutely cut it in half! If I do, I just bake it in a square pan. Check it at 40 minutes to make sure it doesn’t over-cook.

    • I want to make this in a half sheet size pan. Should I double the recipe? What would be a good cooking time? Thanks!!!

  12. Just made this tonight for the first time. My guests said it was the best apple crumble they have ever had! The apples were soft in a sweet syrup and the crumble was so nice with a good crunch on top. Thanks!

  13. This truly is the best apple crisp recipe I’ve ever tried. I made it last night and my husband and I have already polished off half of the pan. So, so yummy and such a good apple/crumble ratio.

  14. This is the best recipe and I highly recommend it….

  15. how many servings does this recipe make?

  16. This looks delicious! I am trying it today…Thank you!

  17. I just made this last night and for sure it IS the best apple crisp ever! Thank you!

  18. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a huge fan. I thought the crunchy topping was too buttery… I prefer more crumbly oats, I think. I even cut the amount of butter by 1/4. Also, my apples were dry and el dente… I prefer well done apples in a sweet, tart, cinnamon syrup. I think it’s really just personal preference; But, I wanted to share my experience.

    • Sorry you didn’t love it Matilda. Not sure why your apples were dry. Mine always do turn out well done with a sweet, tart cinnamon syrup like you described. What kind of apples did you use?

  19. Jessica says:

    Should you use old fashioned or quick oats?

  20. It’s is in the oven now. Seems like a lot of crumbly topping, but it will probably be really good.

  21. I am not lying when I say this is the BEST Apple Crisp I have ever had in my LIFE. Posted to Instagram. YUMMY. It makes an excellent breakfast. 🙂

  22. I know this is an older post…but I want to try it anyway! You’ve been featured!!!


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