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The Easiest Apple Crisp Recipe

This is the easiest, best tasting Apple Crisp recipe! One apple baked in brown sugar, cinnamon and butter underneath an oat free, buttery topping. It's the perfect size for a perfect dessert and can be ready in less than 30 minutes!

Apple crisp in a ramekin topped with whipped cream and dusted with cinnamon

An apple crisp is one of my favorite desserts, especially in the fall! It reminds me of an apple pie in a bowl with no crust to mess with.

This single serving apple crisp recipe is made without oats and has a buttery, sweet topping that tastes incredible.

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Why This Recipe Works

  • This the perfect apple crisp recipe! The apples soften but aren't mushy.
  • Apples are the highlight of this dish.
  • The buttery topping sinks into the apples as the apple crisp bakes and delivers a lovely cinnamon spiced sweetness with every bite.
  • This dessert is made with just 1 apple and is low in sugar.

How To Make This Recipe

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions

  • This apple crisp recipe couldn't be easier to make. Just slice one apple and put the pieces into a small oven safe baking dish. Mix in a little sugar and cinnamon.
  • Mix together the apple crisp topping ingredients and spoon the crumb mixture over the apples. Bake for 25 minutes or until the apples are soft.
  • Consider topping your apple crisp with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Overhead view of apple crisp in a ramekin topped with whipped cream and dusted with cinnamon placed on a red and white cloth napkin on a metal tray with a plate of apples and a spoon

Expert Tips

  • If you would like to make a gluten-free apple crisp, use gluten-free flour or almond flour instead.
  • Add chopped walnuts or pecans to the topping for added crunch.
  • Feel free to substitute a pear for the apple and make a delicious pear crisp instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to peel the apple?

I peel the apple when I make an apple crisp, but you don't have to.

What kind of apples work best for apple crisp?

Use the type of apple you prefer or have on hand. It is generally best to use a variety of apple that will hold its shape after baking and not turn too mushy. My personal preference is to use Honeycrisp, Gala, or Pink Lady apples.

What size ramekin do you use in this recipe?

I use a 10-ounce ramekin. For best results, use a baking dish of similar size. If you would like additional information on the baking dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.
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Apple Crisp with whipped cream on top served in a white ramekin

Apple Crisp For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
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Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: apple
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 311kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 apple , peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

FOR THE TOPPING

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • Place the diced apples in a small ramekin or other oven-safe dish. Stir in the sugar and the cinnamon.

FOR THE TOPPING

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter. Cut the butter into a few pieces and toss them into the dry ingredients. Using your fingers or a fork, work the butter into the dry ingredients until heavy crumbs are formed.
  • Spoon the crumb mixture over the apples.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until apples are soft.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • If you would like to make a gluten-free apple crisp, use gluten-free flour or almond flour instead.
  • Add chopped walnuts or pecans to the topping for added crunch.
  • Feel free to substitute a pear for the apple and make a delicious pear crisp instead.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 8.4mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.4mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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15 thoughts on “The Easiest Apple Crisp Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I tried it and it’s really really good and super simple. Apples were soft and juicy and the topping was sweet and a bit crunchy. Just don’t put it on top oven rack cuz my topping browned just a little to much. It was still divine though!!

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