Apple crisp is one of the great joys of fall – and with so many variations it’s hard to find just the right recipe. You can easily make additions and substitutions, but a good base recipe to experiment with is key. Check out the 9 recipes for apple crisp that won’t disappoint and will make for the perfect ending to a fall feast.

1. Easy Apple Crisp


If you’re in a hurry to make dessert, this is a fast option that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. Far easier to assemble than apple pie and just as appealing, you can throw this crisp together in a matter of minutes and you’re likely to have all the ingredients in the pantry already. Get our Easy Apple Crisp recipe.

2. Breakfast Apple Granola Crisp

Smitten Kitchen

Dessert for breakfast? Sounds great. This recipe for a granola-inspired crisp is packed with oats, sweetened with honey, a little sugar, and some shredded coconut. Get the recipe here.

3. Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake

Bakeaholic Mama

If you love apple crisp, then this cheesecake takes it to the next level. A layer of apples mixed with cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, ginger, and a bit of cornstarch are a silky and pie-like base for the cheesecake. Top with the traditional crumb topping and drizzle with caramel sauce for a truly decadent dessert. Get the recipe here.

4. Apple and Pear Crisp with Oatmeal Streusel

CHOW’s recipe for apple and pear crisp combines two types of apples—Gala and Granny Smith—and adds in some Bosc pears. A simple oat-based topping makes a great combination, simple but delicious. Get our Apple and Pear Crisp with Oatmeal Streusel recipe.

5. Old Pennsylvania Apple Crisp

The crumbly topping for this crisp contains an egg, which makes it chewy and a teaspoon of baking soda, which is an unusual addition and makes for a more cake-like texture.  Get the recipe here.

6. Baked Apple with Crisp Topping

Food Network

This recipe for individual apples filled with strawberry jam and covered with a crispy combination of oats, butter, sugar, flour, and cinnamon makes for a beautiful single-serving dessert. Get the recipe here.

7. Apple Crisp with Sweet Ginger and Macadamia Nuts

A nontraditional take on apple crisp with macadamia nuts and crystallized ginger, this is a lovely way to change up a classic recipe and pairs perfectly with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Get the recipe here.

8. Salted Apple Crisp Bars

Our Table For Seven

This is a fast and easy recipe made from caramel apple cake mix that you can doctor up with old-fashioned oats, cinnamon, and caramel sauce. Sprinkle with sea salt to finish. Get the recipe here.

9. Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Salted Coffee Caramel Apple Skillet Cookie

Half Baked Harvest

Salted coffee caramel (made with coffee, brown sugar, coconut milk, butter, Kahlua, and kosher salt) makes this a standout recipe. Chunks of semisweet chocolate and toasted pecans add great texture and flavor. Get the recipe here.

Header image: Apple and Pear Crisp from Chowhound

Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC’s best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.
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