Martha and Me: Apple crisp

Fall is here. There is a chill in the air, football is on TV and apples are everywhere you turn. So, what better dessert to warm you up on a cold fall night than apple crisp? In this edition of Martha and Me, I’ve made an apple crisp recipe that is sure to warm you from the inside out!

Apple crisp fresh out of the oven is sure to be a fall hit for all of your loved ones! (Jessica Wilt | Grand Central Magazine)


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 3 pounds apples, such as Empire, Gala, or Braeburn, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Cut butter into flour with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Add oats, and use your hands to toss and squeeze mixture until large, moist clumps form. Transfer to freezer to chill while you prepare apples.
  2. In another large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice, cinnamon, and remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart baking dish, and sprinkle with topping mixture. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until golden and bubbling for 55 to 65 minutes. Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Making this apple crisp was easy as pie … apple pie! If you prepare the ingredients as stated in the recipe, you will have no problems. As always, keeping the butter chilled is important so that when you bake the crisp it melts and makes the topping crisp and crunchy.

When the apple crisp comes out of the oven, it smells amazing and you can’t wait to dig in. The apples are tender and have a perfect mix of sweet from the brown sugar and spice from the cinnamon. This is the perfect dessert for a cold fall night.

I had five people rate the apple crisp based on overall taste, texture, appearance, quality and willingness to try the recipe.

The crisp scored fives all around.

I would make this apple crisp again in a heartbeat and would highly suggest this recipe!