Apple Crisp

Looking down on two apple crisps in small canning jars on a green napkins on a red table.

One of many apple dessert variations, apple crisp has a flour with the addition of other elements such as oats, nuts, and spice. The crisp can be baked in a large Dutch oven or in individual portions in small oven-safe jars.

Originating in America, it is generally recognized as a variation of the English Apple Crumble, which is very similar but only made with flour, butter, and sugar. The addition of coconut adds a bit of sweetness and crunch to this crumble. 

A lazy camp version of this, I simply make a crumble recipe, then stir through a granola or muesli. It is very easy and very tasty! You can serve it as-is, with a dollop of cream, or vanilla ice cream. 

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A small glass canning jar filled with apple crisp, on a green napkin with a plastic spoon.
The apple crisp can be made in a large baking vessel or individual serving sizes.
A close up of an apple crisp in a small glass canning jar.
The addition of nuts and coconut to the oat crumble topping adds both flavor and texture.
Looking down on two apple crisps in small canning jars on a green napkins on a red table.
You can serve the apple crisp as is, or with a serving of whipped cream or ice cream.

Apple Crisp Recipe

Looking down on two apple crisps in small canning jars on a green napkins on a red table.
One of the many apple dessert variations, Apple Crisp has a flour base with the addition of oats, nuts, and spices.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Ready in 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut or shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Apple Crisp

  • 4 apples (Granny Smith work best)
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar


  • 4 jars
  • Dutch oven


  • Preheat the Dutch oven or camp oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).


  • In a bowl rub together the flour and butter until it has a texture similar to breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in brown sugar, oats, almonds, coconut, and cinnamon.

Apple Crisp

  • Peel and core the apples, then thinly slice.
  • Lay the apple slices evenly in the jars.
    Alternatively: You may use a single Dutch oven or casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over the apples.
    Note: When the apple crisp cooks it will first expand slightly so be aware of overflow, then on cooling the apples soften and shrink, allowing the topping to drop down. Take this into account when filling so it doesn't overflow.
  • Bake the crisp in the preheated Dutch oven until the apples are tender and the top is golden. This takes about 30 minutes.
    Tip: If using a single large dish such as a Dutch oven or casserole dish, it will take about 10 minutes longer to cook.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 421kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 6gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 97mgPotassium: 309mgFiber: 7gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 454IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2mg

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