Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (2024)

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This delicious old-fashioned apple crisp recipe is easy-to-make and topped off with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce for the ultimate crowd-pleasing dessert. You will love the simplicity of this tasty treat.

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Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is a simple dessert of apples topped with a crumbly, sweet pastry mixture, like a streusel, baked until brown and crisp. Isabel Ely Lord created the earliest written record of this recipe in 1924 in the Everybody’s Cookbook. However, it didn’t become popularized until WWII when pastry products like sugar, butter, and flour were rationed. The more elaborate apple pie was out, and the apple crisp was in.

This dessert is incredibly versatile and can be altered to your liking. For example, you can add different nuts to the crumble topping. You can also use an assortment of your favorite apples. Regardless, this is a very simple to make crowd-pleasing dessert.

What’s the Difference Between Apple Crisp and Apple Crumble?

These two desserts are very similar. The only difference is that an apple crumble typically does not have oats or nuts in the topping. Other than that, they are the same.

Ingredients and Substitutions

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  • Apples – I like to use a combination of granny smith apples and fuji apples. You can, however, use 1 breed of apples.
  • Flour – You will need some regular all-purpose flour for this recipe.
  • Salt – I always use sea salt in my baking and cooking.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter, so you control the salt content.
  • Oats – Old-fashioned rolled oats are what you will need.
  • Nuts – I used finely chopped walnuts, but you can also use pecans or almonds.
  • Sugar – Packed light brown sugar adds the best sweetness to this recipe.
  • Cinnamon – A little cinnamon goes a long way to enhance the flavor of this dessert.
  • Nutmeg – freshly ground nutmeg will add the right amount of savory.
  • Liquor – I used dark rum, but regular rum, brandy, or calvados will also work.

What are the Best Apples to Use?

You can use an assortment of apples to create this apple crisp. Here are my favorites in order of sourness to sweetness:

  • Granny Smith
  • Pink Lady
  • Braeburn
  • Honey Crisp
  • Golden Delicious
  • Gala
  • Fuji

How to Make an Apple Crisp

Start making the oat streusel topping by combining flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.

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Next, cut in the butter using a pastry knife until the butter is blended into the mixture and is the size of cous cous.

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Fold in the finely chopped nuts using a rubber spatula. Place the mixture in the freezer.

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Peel, slice in half, core, slice in half again, and thickly slice the apples. They should be about a ½” inch thick.

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Place the apples in a large bowl with flour, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and rum.

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Thoroughly mix the ingredients until they are well combined.

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Transfer the apples to a deep 12”x8” or regular 13”x9” baking casserole dish. You do not need to grease the dish ahead of time.

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Evenly sprinkle the chilled oat streusel over the top of the apples.

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Pat the streusel down to even it out, and then bake the apple crisp at 350° for 45 to 55 minutes. The top should be lightly browned, and the edges should have some caramelization. In addition, the apples should be tender. You also do not want to cover it with foil so the top can brown up.

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Once it’s done baking, serve a scoop of it with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

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Make Ahead and Storage

Make-Ahead: You can make this up to 1 hour ahead of time. After baking, cover it in foil and keep it in the oven at low temperatures (200°) until you are ready to serve it.

How to Store: Once cool, cover it and keep it in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days. You can freeze this apple crisp by covering it and keeping it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator for 1 day before reheating.

How to Reheat: Add the desired amount of apple crisp to a small casserole dish and bake it in the oven at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes or until hot.

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Chef Notes + Tips

  • My apple crisp recipe has a thick oat streusel topping because I believe this adds a lot more flavor to the recipe.
  • When it’s done baking, the apple crisp apples will be tender, but still slightly firm. You do not want them to be mush.
  • I always add my baking recipes to the lower middle section of the oven.
  • If you’re making this recipe ahead of time, keep the apples submerged in pineapple juice for up to 2 days in the refrigerator to keep them from turning brown.

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This delicious old-fashioned apple crisp recipe is topped off with ice cream and caramel sauce for the ultimate crowd-pleasing dessert.

Servings: 12

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes minutes

Ingredients

For the Crisp Topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup oats
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup walnuts

For the Filling:

  • 4 granny smith apples
  • 4 Fuji apples
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.

  • Start making the oat streusel topping by combining flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.

  • Next, cut in the butter using a pastry knife until the butter is blended into the mixture and is the size of cous cous.

  • Fold in the finely chopped nuts using a rubber spatula. Place the mixture in the freezer to keep the butter ice cold.

  • Peel, slice in half, core, slice in half again, and thickly slice the apples. They should be about a ½” inch thick.

  • Place the apples in a large bowl with the flour, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and rum.

  • Thoroughly mix the ingredients until they are well combined.

  • Transfer the apples to a deep 12”x8”” or regular 13”x9” baking casserole dish. You do not need to grease the dish ahead of time.

  • Evenly sprinkle the chilled oat streusel over the top of the apples.

  • Pat the streusel down to even it out, and then bake the apple crisp at 350° for 45 to 55 minutes. The top should be lightly browned, and the edges should have some caramelization. In addition, the apples should be tender. You also do not want to cover it with foil so the top can brown up.

  • Once it’s done baking, serve a scoop of it with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

Notes

Make-Ahead: You can make this up to 1 hour ahead of time. After baking, cover it in foil and keep it in the oven at low temperatures (200°) until you are ready to serve it.

How to Store: Once cool, cover it and keep it in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days. You can freeze this apple crisp by covering it and keeping it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator for 1 day before reheating.

How to Reheat: Add the desired amount of apple crisp to a small casserole dish and bake it in the oven at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes or until hot.

My apple crisp recipe has a thick oat streusel topping because I believe this adds a lot more flavor to the recipe.

When it’s done baking, the apple crisp apples will be tender, but still slightly firm. You do not want them to be mush.

I always add my baking recipes to the lower middle section of the oven.

If you’re making this recipe ahead of time, keep the apples submerged in pineapple juice for up to 2 days in the refrigerator to keep them from turning brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 107mgPotassium: 228mgFiber: 5gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 68IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Author: Chef Billy Parisi

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68 comments

    • Carolyn Gard
    • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (16)

    I made this old fashioned Apple Crisp recipe & took it to a big Thanksgiving dinner party last month. It was a huge hit!! I mixed it up & used Granny Smith apples because they are tart, & Honey Crisp apples because they are sweet. I served it with a premium vanilla ice cream. So delicious ❤️

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    • Cathy Warner
    • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (17)

    I made this Apple Crisp for Christmas. It was the first time I have made it and it was wonderful. Your recipes are straightforward and always come out. I didn’t read lots of recipes, just this one. This recipe is easy to make but the best part, I knew it was going to be good. Thanks for this recipe.

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    • Paul Wysocki
    • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (18)

    Chef fantastic recipe! Simple to make. I had what I had on hand I substitute the oats which I didn’t have for a couple of crushed up keto nut bars. And instead of rum I had brandy. It turned out fantastic. My wife loved it.! 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻

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    • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (19)

        excellent!

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      • Anne Blandford
      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (20)

      Absolutely delicious, takes crumble to a whole new level. Freezes perfectly as well. I often make the crumble then use it with fresh fruit when I need it. You can also replace walnuts with almonds. You only need this crumble recipe.m

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      • Donna Lucas
      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (21)

      This was a big hit after our Thanksgiving lunch!

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      • Jeannee Morris
      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (22)

      This looks delicious!! Will give it a try since i have all the ingredients…the rum is interesting…i l9ve buttered rum.

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      • Sharon Sweisford
      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (23)

      A classic recipe – elevated. I’ve made this twice this fall. My family loved it and at a second gathering my friends couldn’t get enough. I served it with Chef’s caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream! Comfort food at its finest!

      • Ellie Harris
      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (24)

      You make every recipe easy. Thank you. Keep the great tips coming. Love the videos.

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        • Chef Billy Parisi

        my pleasure!

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      • Anne
      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (25)

      Absolutely delicious the best apple desert ever. Far mor sophisticated and an has an explosion of tastes like no other other apple crumble.

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        • Chef Billy Parisi

        appreciate you trying this!

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      • Theresa

      OMG…. We just finished your Salisbury Steaks tonight (did I say delicious) looks like I will be making this Apple Crisp tomorrow, because it sounds amazing, and the reviews prove it!!!!

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        • Chef Billy Parisi

        thank you!

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      • Janine Miller

      I love the crumble topping!

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      • Richard Baker
      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (26)

      I live in northern Georgia, the apple capital. If you live here you have to have special apple deserts. Our apple pies and apple crisp are always requested by friends in the fall. But, Chef Parisi’s Apple Crisp has forced me to retire my old recipe. The flavor and texture were amazing. You’ll know when you take the first forkful.

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      • Michelle Perron
      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (27)

      This apple crisp is fantastic. The apples aren’t mushy, the rum is a nice addition, and the topping is sweet and delicious. All perfect for Fall. Thank you, Chef.

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      • Marsha
      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (28)

      Delicious the streusel topping makes this crisp so delicious. I used Cortland Apples and instead of the bourbon I used homemade apple butter. Mmm good

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      • Laura Miller
      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (29)

      Best apple crisp that I have ever made. I didn’t have rum so I subbed a caramel bourbon and it was the bomb!

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      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (30)

          thanks for giving it a shot!!

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        • Debbie
        • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (31)

        I used half of the apple base with honey crisp & Granny Smith apples. Added cardamom and some cut up Werthers caramels to it. Used the full topping recipe in a 9×9 pan. It was TO DIE FOR delicious! Thank you Chef Billy! I LOVE ALL OF YOUR RECIPES! BTW I’m from St. Louis also!!

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        • Monica M

        Is there something with the similar flavor notes as the rum that would works? Can’t justify buying a bottle of liquor that we won’t drink, but was hoping for a substitute. Thanks

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        • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (32)

            Just skip it

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          • Earlene Kent

          Thank you Chef Parisi for another great recipe! Made three of these using windfall apples, kept one, delivered the other two to a neighbor and a friend. They loved it topped with fresh whipped cream and asked for the recipe! I served mine with salted caramel ice cream! My Oh My!!!

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          • Suzi Rempel
          • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (33)

          Best ever! I have tried many different apple crisp recipes and this one beats them all.

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          • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (34)

              excellent!

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            • Michele
            • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (35)

            Had company for dinner,made this quick dessert, fabulous! Nothing but raves!Thank you chef@

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            • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (36)

                my pleasure!

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              • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (38)

                  thanks for giving it a shot!!

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                • Wade De Loe
                • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (39)

                Easy recipe. Delicious results.

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                • Karen
                • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (40)

                Simply delicious! I made it for a Easter and it a hit with my family. I followed the recipe exactly, so simple with big flavors. This will be on my Mother’s Day brunch menu.

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                • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (41)

                    Thanks for giving it a shot!!

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                  • Karen Carron
                  • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (42)

                  Omg, this was so delicious! I made a half recipe be aide there were only 3 of us and it wasn’t enough! We totally pigged out! Thank you Chef for sharing your techniques and recipes! We are a very close family and all 7 of our grandchildren have always cooked with me from a very young age. My oldest grandson, 18, STILL looks for recipes and comes over and cooks with me. You are helping us make memories which is awesome because I’m on a
                  The lung transplant list.

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                  • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (43)

                      thanks for giving it a shot!!

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                    • John Nugent
                    • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (44)

                    Simple and ooohhhh so good. A homerun with my family.

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                    • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (45)

                        Awesome!

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                      • Valerie Peery
                      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (46)

                      My mom’s favorite. Her differences: pecans instead of walnuts; lemon instead of pineapple to keep apples from getting brown; margarine instead of butter; no rum. I do it mostly your way. Either way it’s good.

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                      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (47)

                          So good!!

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                        • Nita MacDonald
                        • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (48)

                        I made this apple crisp and it was so delicious and worth the extra time. My family was definitely happy! Served with some vanilla ice cream (not homemade). Yum

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                        • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (49)

                            Awesome

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                          • Peachy Abello
                          • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (50)

                          This was a winner! The only thing different I made was I used all Fuji apples. Love it!

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                          • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (51)

                              excellent

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                            • Penni
                            • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (52)

                            Easy and delicious!

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                            • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (53)

                                Great

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                              • Pam Hardinger
                              • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (54)

                              Love this I have made it several times so far.

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                              • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (55)

                                  Awesome!

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                                • Marie Wilson
                                • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (56)

                                As always wonderful

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                                • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (57)

                                    fantastic

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                                  • Nancy
                                  • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (58)

                                  This is absolutely delicious! I have a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker, so we made the ice cream also. Thank you for this recipe!

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                                  • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (59)

                                      Fantastic!

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                                    • Marla KavourasMarla Kavouras

                                    Just made it, this was delicious right out of the oven with vanilla ice cream. Great easy recipe!

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                                    • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (60)

                                        Amazing

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                                      • Lindy Felix Felix
                                      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (61)

                                      The BEST apple crisp recipe! I am surprising my family that is visiting tomorrow night for dessert. It’s my husbands and my favorite!

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                                      • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (62)

                                          Thank you so much. Glad everyone liked it.

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                                        • Camie
                                        • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (63)

                                        So easy and delicious! Thank you!

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                                        • Barbara Letson
                                        • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (64)

                                        Delicious!!!

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                                        • Donna Schmidt
                                        • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (65)

                                        The best apple crisp recipe I have tried. As always, thank you Chef!

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                                        • Nancy Robbins
                                        • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (66)

                                        Easy and delicious! A family favorite!!!

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                                        • Sandra Greer
                                        • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (67)

                                        Made this and it was fantastic! I made some homemade vanilla ice cream and they were delicious together. Thanks, Chef!

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                                        • Deborah Spiller
                                        • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (68)

                                        Excellent recipe as always Chef Billy 👍

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                                        • Robin Leishman

                                        Superb results because he explains every step so well! I feel as if I’m learning technique as well as great recipes!

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                                        • Don
                                        • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (69)

                                        Without a doubt the best apple crisp ever. So delicious.

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                                        • Chris Powell
                                        • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (70)

                                        Absolutely delicious! Wondering if this would be good with pears???

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                                        • Mari

                                        What is the measurement for a stick of butter?

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                                        • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (71)

                                            8 tbsp

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                                          • Christa Lehosky
                                          • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (72)

                                          Made your apple crisp recipe today. It was absolutely delicious!!! My grandkids had seconds. Not overly sweet either. Served with vanilla ice cream.

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                                          • Judy
                                          • Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe (73)

                                          Billy, love your recipes! The addition of rum to the apple crisp was genius ! Thanks for sharing!

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