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This easy apple crisp recipe with walnuts and warm spices is the ultimate fall dessert.

Want to make the most of apple picking season? This easy fall dessert is one perfect way to do it. While peeling and dicing the apples takes some patience, the rest of this crisp comes together in a matter of minutes.

Autumn Apples

These days, you don’t have to go to an orchard or even a farmers’ market to find an array of intriguing apples; most supermarkets stock several types besides plain old Red Delicious and Granny Smiths. Of course, apple picking is a hallowed autumn activity, and if you do bring home a haul of farm-fresh fruit, this is a great way to use it up.

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Wherever you get them, pick apples that taste great for this dessert. But pay attention to their firmness of character, too. You don’t want to use apples that will collapse into applesauce or turn dry and cottony during baking.

Related Reading: 11 Essential Apple Recipes for Fall

Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Cortlands, and Galas are some of the best types of apples to bake with.

Crisps & Crumbles

Crisps and crumbles are in the category of casual comfort food desserts that you can make from muscle memory once you’ve run through the recipe a time or two. And they’re just as perfect with fall fruit as with summer berries and peaches.

walnut apple crisp recipe

Alexis deBoschnek

This autumn crisp tosses sweet-tart apples with warm spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves), then tops them with a mixture of oats, flour, finely chopped walnuts, cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter.

Related Reading: What Is the Difference Between Crisps, Crumbles, and Cobblers?

It comes together in a 9 x 9-inch baking pan and requires no other special equipment save a whisk, spatula, and mixing bowl.

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So prepare to make this on repeat all fall—and don’t skip the vanilla ice cream!

Easy Spiced Walnut Apple Crisp

Pro-tip: Keep the diced apples in a bowl of cold water with a few tablespoons of lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown while you’re working on the rest of the recipe.

Spiced Walnut Apple Crisp

Prep Time: 30 minutesServes: 6
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 baking apples, such as Granny Smith, Cortland, or Honeycrisp, peeled, cored, diced
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, brown sugar, lemon zest, butter, vanilla, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  2. Add the diced apples and use a spatula to toss until well coated.
  3. Transfer the filling to a greased 9x9-inch baking dish.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, walnuts, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Add the butter and quickly work into the dry ingredients until the butter is broken down to the size of peas.
  5. Sprinkle the topping in an even layer over the filling.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 °F.
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown, the apples are bubbling, and the crumble is fragrant. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Serve with ice cream. Enjoy!

Header image courtesy of Alexis deBoschnek

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