The Best Apple Crisp Ever

This apple crisp has a rich buttery topping with tender, sweet cinnamon apples packed inside. Trust me this topping is the best. 🍎
My family loves fruit especially apples. Everyone loves to eat them, but my favorite way to enjoy apples is in a dessert. I feel a bit odd posting a apple desserts in the middle of winter, but I couldn't resist.

As part of the Walmart Moms Program, I was asked if I wanted to sample a box of the new Pinata Apples from Stemilt. I said yes of course since were huge apple lovers. I was really excited and couldn't wait to taste this new apple variety.

I love baking with apples during the fall season, but when winter rolls around juicy sweet apples can be slim pickins. No worries though because Stemilt Growers harvests Piñata Apples in mid-October.

The flavor of the apples intensify in cold storage, so Stemilt growers wait to pack and ship the apples until January. This is great news, because now I can enjoy great tasting apples not only in the fall, but in winter as well.

After my sample box arrived I put a few aside so I could bake up sweet treat. I'm so glad I did because the apples disappeared in just a couple days. I was reading on their website that the Pinata Apple is the perfect apple for Foodies.

These apples are great for cooking and baking, because they have the same thin skin as Golden Delicious apples enabling them to adapt to cooking temperatures. With that being said I was anxious to get started.

I knew exactly what I wanted to make, apple crisp. Not any apple crisp my friends, but in my opinion The Best Apple Crisp Ever! I have tried several fruit crisp recipes, but I always end up coming back to this one.

The first time I tried this recipe was out of curiosity. You see most fruit crisp recipes contain oatmeal and this one did not, so I had to try it. Well, it ended up being the best apple crisp I have ever tasted. Now when I make a apple crisp this is my go to recipe.

The apples cooked up perfectly and the skin baked up silky soft. I really enjoyed the Sweetango apples that I tried back in September, but the Pinata Apple is my new favorite. I love how well they hold up when baked.

Piñata Apples will be available in Walmart stores nationwide in February. For more great recipes and information on this new apple variety visit their website, Piñata Apples. You can also follow them through Facebook and Twitter.

I have included some step by step photos of this easy peasy apple crisp. The full recipe is at the end of this post.

Start by adding a single layer of cinnamon sugar directly into a un greased 8 by 8 or 9 by 9 inch baking pan. Layer sliced apples sprinkling a cinnamon and sugar mixture in between each layer.

Use enough cinnamon and sugar to cover each layer. Once apples are to the top of the pan, cover with final layer of cinnamon and sugar. Mix the vanilla extract and apple cider together in a measuring cup.

Pour the apple cider mixture over the apples. Mix the 3 toppings ingredients (flour, sugar, margarine or butter) together with a mixer or a pastry cutter until crumbly. Cover the apples with the topping. 

Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Cool and serve. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice, whipped cream or serve it plain. The longer it sits the crispier the topping gets.

Yield: 4-6
Author: Tina Butler | Mommy's Kitchen
The Best Apple Crisp Ever

The Best Apple Crisp Ever

This apple crisp has a rich buttery topping with tender, sweet cinnamon apples packed inside. Trust me this topping is the best.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 40 Min


  • 5 - 6 apples, peeled and sliced (approx 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2- cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Crumb Topping
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 - cup sugar 
  • 1  stick (1/2 cup)  cold butter or margarine


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl mix the cinnamon and sugar together. 
  2. Add a single layer of cinnamon sugar directly into a un greased 8 by 8 or 9 by 9 inch baking pan.
  3. Layer sliced apples sprinkling cinnamon and sugar mixture in between each layer. 
  4. Make sure to use enough cinnamon and sugar to cover each layer.
  5. Once apples are to the top of the pan, cover with final layer of cinnamon and sugar. 
  6. Mix the vanilla extract and apple cider together in a measuring cup. Pour the apple cider/apple juice over the apples.
  7. Using a pastry cutter, fork or mixer blend the 3 toppings ingredients together until crumbly. 
  8. Cover the apples with the topping. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Cool and serve.


The original recipe from Muriel Ashley stated to only use margarine, but I have had great success using both margarine or butter.  

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Recipe courtesy of: Muriel Ashley/FoodNation

I am participating in the Walmart Moms Program. Stemilt Growers provided me with a sample box of apples for the purpose of this review. I have been compensated for my time and efforts in creating this post. Participation in this program is voluntary and the opinions stated above are entirely my own.


Leslie said…
The Best Apple Crisp EVER??? I. MUST .MAKE!
Tina said…
Thank you Leslie! I am addicted to pinterest as wll.
Sounds delicious. Sadly I will not see these apples where I live, Japan but I can make this using the local apples anyways!
Ivan said…
hey apple,hey apple :) yes i loved apple. i never tried this before are you sure its 100% can be eaten?
sorry just joking :)
i better figure it out for my self. we have plenty apple in our refrigerator haha thanks for sharing.
Jenny said…
can i use any kind of apple right?
i thnik this is good. but it will be a hard work peeling them
Libby said…
Just curious, why can't we use butter? This recipe sounds delicious, can't wait to try it...
Tina said…
The original recipe is from a lady named muriel that was featured on foodnation with bobby flay. She did a video and that is how I found the recipe last year.

She stresses only margarine and it needed to be fliechmans, but I couldn't find that brand. I used great value margarine.

I don't know why it says not to use butter, but that is what she mentioned. It turns out so wonderfully crispy using the margarine. Which is great because I can save my blocks of gold for other recipes LOL.
Well it does look like the best apple crisp ever! Lovely dessert - what's not to love :)
The crisp looks heavenly! I have a similar that I've made (and made) for years. I'm always in awe at the new products you get to share with us...I'll certainly be scouting for that new apple!
Anonymous said…
I knew this recipe was a "must" try. However, when I went to pick up apples at Wal-mart the selection was slim but I saw a variety that I'd never used before...."Pink Lady". We just enjoyed a bowl of this dessert at room temperature with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and it certainly holds true to the name. WOW!! We loved how the dessert stayed juicy and I'll certainly use those Pink Lady apples again; as they held their shape and didn't cook into mush. Thanks Tina for posting such great recipes.
Tina said…
So glad you liked the recipe. I couldn't find the Pinata's at walmart today either. They didn't have the pink lady ones as well. All I could find was golden delicious and the Gala apples. It's good to know that the pink lady apples were a hit. I know it would be just as good with the golden delicious apples. Hopefully they will stock more of the pinata ones because they were so tasty.
Kirby said…
I saw last week a version of this
but i think this good also. I cant wait to try it . seriously..
Lisa said…
Made this apple crisp tonight and it was great!!!!. I will be making it again and so easy also.
Anonymous said…
Awesome recipe!
I'm not usually a big fan of apple crisp because of the oat topping, but this tastes like an upside-down version of apple pie. Smelled delicious while it was cooking too. I am putting it in my recipe file - thank you!
Anonymous said…
Just add some chopped walnuts then you've really got something. I always add nuts to my apple stuff!
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kboesel said…
This recipe is very close to my family recipe (no apple juice). We use Granny Smith and you get a lovely tart bite with the awesome sweet topping. We always fought over the corners of the pan when we were kids. It truly is the best Apple Crisp in the world. If anyone tries to tell you that a crisp should have oats, tell them that they are the ones who have never had a real crisp!
Lyds85 said…
Thank you for this recipe. I used a mixture of 3 granny smith apples and 3 honey crisp apples. I also used a unsalted sweet cream butter because that is what I had on hand. The apples were stacked high so I ended up baking it and extra 5 minutes. It turned out so delicious and I plan to serve it with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream for dessert tonight. I love how simple this recipe is to make and I look forward to making it all through the fall season.
Anonymous said…
This is the only apple crisp recipe my mother ever used its wonderful. We also use this topping mix on peaches, apricots, plums and best of all grapes. When making it with the stone fruit we never added the cinnamon and sugar to the fruit, just peel, slice and add topping it's fast and so easy. If your grapes are big cut them in half and they are delis with or without the cinnamon.
Sherri said…
My daughter-in-love loves apple crisps. I will be making this for her when I visit this year. Someone had commented about peeling the apples, I never peel the apples in anything I make because that's where all the vitamins and minerals are. If I'm afraid the apple skin will be too tough to cut after baking, I just cut the apples into smaller (bite size) pieces before placing the item in the oven.

I enjoy trying new recipes, especially desserts. Thanks so much for posting this one.
Anonymous said…
I reject every crisp recipe that uses oats! This reminds me of an old Fannie Farmer redirector. Maybe I'm lazy, bit I just mix the apples sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and then spread in the pan. I don't bother with all the layering since everything is going to cook down together.
Unknown said…
I just wanted to double check the measurements of the vinegar. I made your recipe and was really looking forward to it but it is way to acidic with a strong vinegar smell. I was wondering if 1/2 cup apple vinegar was right. Sounds like a lot compared to other recipes. I liked yours because it had no oatmeal. Trying to salvage with vanilla creamer injected and extra crumble. Heating now. But it looks delicious. If you want here is a good blog for homemade recipes:
It my mother so I can vouch for the recipes alit are passed down and with a lot she even has family memories or how they came about.
Including the recipe for “ mud” which no one can resist - highly recommend - it means moms made up dinner. I love your recipes, so thanks.
Again checking on vinegar measurements ( don’t worry my mom made a typo one time that read 1 tbsp if salt instead of one tsp that’s why I’m checking. Thanks again.
Tina Butler said…
I think you read the recipe incorrectly. There is no vinegar in this recipe. You added apple cider vinegar, but the recipe calls for apple juice or apple cider.
Unknown said…
By the way I don’t know why I came up anonymous. Never happened before , I am Wendy Yocum. butThank you Tina Butler 😅. When I read your post I realized my mistake.
My mind read apple cider and automatically added vinegar at the end.
The vanilla creamer injections worked my guys said it’s really
Liked it. I couldn’t have any because of stomach problems (ulcers)with
The vinegar in there. But I will definitely try it again
( with out vinegar 😂). I can’t believe I did that 🤦🏼‍♀️.
I have been baking for years and that was only my
Second whopper of a mistake ( 1st being my first time making bread 🍞-
Let’s just say it bounced 🤷🏻‍♀️😂.-I was only 16 then so that one was understandable
But not for a 53 year old. Well the vinegar mistake fix is there if it happens to any one else.
Just inject thru out the pie and reheat. Thank again for pointing that
Out. They really liked it. 😁👍🏻