This is my go-to recipe for classic fall apple crisp that turns our perfectly every time! Juicy apples on the bottom and a nice old fashioned oat crumble on top never disappoints. Take it up a notch and reduce dishes by making this a skillet apple crisp instead of cooking it in a regular baking dish!

skillet apple crisp with ice cream

Every fall I make it a goal to go apple picking at least once. I live in Michigan and we have an AMAZING apple harvest every year. I always intentionally pick way too many apples just for the sole fact that I MUST make this cast iron skillet apple crisp again and again!

I tested this recipe so many times in order to get the perfect ratio of sugar to oats to butter. This apple crisp isn’t too moist, it’s not too crispy, it’s just right! You can count on that, my friend!

baked skillet apple crisp with some on a plate

Which Apples Are Best For Apple Crisp?

You can really use any apple and this skillet apple crisp recipe will still turn our fabulously. However, using an apple that is crisp and a little tart is best! My favorite is honeycrisp, pink lady or granny smith! Or, use a mix!

skillet apple crisp on a plate

What Is In Apple Crisp Topping?

The ingredients for the crisp topping are very basic. All you need is:

  • old fashioned oats
  • flour
  • brown sugar
  • butter
  • salt

Not all apple crisp recipes use oats, but I find this is KEY in truly creating and old fashioned taste and texture.

Plus, oats give you a whole grain boost which, as a registered dietitian, I love! I love using oats in a lot of my recipes like my blender oat flour pancakes.

How Do You Make Apple Crisp From Scratch?

Like I mentioned earlier, this recipe never disappoints and truly turns our perfectly every time. The key to this? A super simple recipe! In order to make this skillet apple crisp here is what you need to do:

First, peel and slice your apples. If you’re really feeling lazy you can skip the peeling step, but honestly I recommend it!

Next, toss your apples with sugar, corn starch, cinnamon and vanilla. Saut√© these in a skillet pan for ~5 minutes until just slightly softened. I used this Lodge 10.5″ square skillet! Such a good investment I’ve had it for years! Plus, it’s super affordable actually!

If you’re cooking your apple crisp in the skillet, like I do, you can keep your apple right where they are. If you aren’t transfer them to your baking dish. I recommend a pie pan or an 8×8 baking dish or a pie pan. Dish-wise, I like this glass baking dish that also comes with a lid!

apples for uncooked skillet apple crisp

In a large bowl mix together oats, flour, brown sugar, melted butter and salt. Mix it up really well!

Pour your oat mixture over the apples and press down gently.

uncooked skillet apple crisp

Cover your skillet apple crisp (or just apple crisp in a baking dish!) with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes remove the foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.

Your apple crisp is done when you see the apples bubbling and the crisp part is golden brown (and smells AMAZING!)

Optional but highly encouraged: Top with a GIANT scoop of vanilla ice cream!

baked skillet apple crisp

Can Apple Crisp Stay Out Or Should Apple Crisp Be Refrigerated?

I do recommend storing your apple crisp in the refrigerator. You can either cover your skillet with plastic wrap or transfer leftovers to an air tight container. This will help it stay fresher longer, rather than leaving it out on the counter.

I use these clear Rubbermaid brilliance containers for all of my leftovers. They have a super great seal, I’m obsessed!

Why Does Apple Crisp Get Watery?

In the past I’ve made apple crisp and it just got so watery! Basically, it turned to apple mush. Adding the cornstarch to this recipes helps to prevent your apple crisp from getting watery. Also, like I mentioned, store it in the fridge, this will help, too!

melted ice cream on skillet apple crisp

How Do You Reheat Apple Crisp?

Usually, I just pop it in the microwave for 30-60 seconds because it’s the easiest. However, if you’re looking to get the crisp to stay it’s crispiest self, I recommend popping it in the oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Honestly, I hardly do this because I can’t wait that long usually! Just being honest!

Is It Better To Freeze Apple Crisp Cooked Or Uncooked?

I prefer to freeze apple crisp uncooked, then just pop it in the oven. You’ll likely need to add about ~10 minutes to the cooking time. However, you can totally freeze cooked apple crisp or leftovers, too. Just follow the re-heating instructions, adding again about 10 minutes to the baking time.

I have no doubt that this apple crisp recipe is going to become you go-to, just like it did for me! Enjoy this old fashioned skillet apple crisp recipe without an ounce of guilt! Enjoy the buttery, sugary goodness. Use some mindful eating exercises and savor every bite. It’s a classic! All foods fit, my friends!

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And if you like this recipe you might love these other fall inspired recipes:



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melted ice cream on skillet apple crisp

Old Fashioned Skillet Apple Crisp

Yield: ~8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This skillet apple crips is a classic, old fashioned apple crisp with soft baked apples and a perfect crumble topping cooked in a skillet!


Apple Filling

  • 4 large apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Crisp Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place a skillet (I used an 10.5" square cast iron skillet) on the stovetop over medium high heat.

First peel and slice your apples, then place them in a bowl and toss with sugar, vanilla and corn starch.

Heat apples into hot skillet and cook for about 5 minutes until softened and sugar has dissolved.

In a separate medium-large bowl combine oats, flour, brown sugar, butter, remaining cinnamon and salt. Mix well.

Place oat mixture on top of apples in the skillet, or you can transfer the apples to a baking dish at this time if you prefer to make your crisp without the skillet. Press oat mixture down slightly to pack.

Cover your skillet or baking dish with aluminum foil at bake for 20 minutes with the foil, the remove and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.

Crisp is done when the top is golden brown and the apples are bubbling!

Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired, and enjoy warm!


Use any kind if apples you like best! I like honeycrisp, granny smith, or pink lady.

You can also use almond flour in place of regular all-purpose flour for a more nutty taste and to make it gluten free (be sure to check your oats!)

To make this vegan sub coconut oil for butter.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 5gSugar: 29gProtein: 3g