Almond-Apple Crisp

This has been one crazy summer season. One one hand, I feel like the last few months have gone by in the blink of an eye. On the other hand, I feel like it has been for-ev-er since the cool weather left and warmer temperatures moved in. It only took until the second day with temperatures above 90 for me to start daydreaming about the calendar hitting September and October. I couldn’t wait to throw on jeans and sweatshirts, drink hot chocolate, and bake with apples and cinnamon. I still haven’t busted out the jeans or hoodies yet, but I couldn’t wait any longer on the apple baking. I’ve begun, and there’s no guarantee when I’ll stop. The good news is that you get to reap the benefits! 🙂

This is a really simple apple crisp that’s absolutely delicious. Peeled, chopped apples are tossed with sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and some spice. Then they’re placed into a baking dish and topped with a quick and easy crisp mixture that’s accented with almonds. The almonds add just a little bit of extra crunch and pop of flavor.

Warm from the oven with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, this is the epitome of what fall dessert is meant to be!

One year ago: Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies
Two years ago: Banana-Nut Oat Bran Muffins
Three years ago: Coffeecake Muffins
Five years ago: Chocolate Rum Cheesecake

Almond-Apple Crisp

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 to 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


For the Apple Filling:
½ teaspoon cornstarch
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1½ pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch cubes
1½ pounds Golden Delicious Apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch cubes
2/3 cup granulated sugar
Pinch salt
Pinch ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg

For the Almond Crisp Topping:
¾ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup light brown sugar
½ cup slivered almonds, crumbled with your fingers
½ teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place oven rack in bottom third of oven.

2. Make the Apple Filling: Stir the cornstarch and lemon juice together in a large bowl until the cornstarch is dissolved. Add the apples, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and toss to combine. Pour mixture into an 8-inch-square (or other 2-quart) baking dish.

3. Make the Almond Crisp Topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, almond pieces, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Use a pastry blender (or your fingertips) to quickly incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is the consistency of coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apple filling.

4. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown, the juices are bubbling and the apples are tender.


36 Responses to “Almond-Apple Crisp”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on September 6, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I love crisps and crumbles and this is just perfect for fall with the apples – delish!


  2. ashley @ wishes and dishes on September 6, 2012 at 1:27 am

    I’m really anxious for Fall, too…but I will also miss summer so much! This looks yumm-o! Love that it has almonds in it…


  3. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden on September 6, 2012 at 4:12 am

    These recipes makes me less blue because end of summer! I really like these ingredients! Really nice!


  4. Keisha on September 6, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Nothing says fall to me like the smell of baked apples and cinnamon! This looks amazing….like a big warm dish of fall with ice cream on top!


  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on September 6, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Loooove that topping! YUM!


  6. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on September 6, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I am loving this time of year!! Your crisp looks amazing!!!


  7. Meghan @ After the Ivy League on September 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I made an apple crisp with family a couple weeks ago..they’re so warm and comforting! I love adding chopped almonds to the mix, I’ll try that next time!


  8. Sues on September 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I love when my house smells like fresh-baked apple desserts. And the almonds must make this absolutely perfect!


  9. Holiday Baker Man on September 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

    The perfect fall dessert!


  10. Chris on September 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Looks delicious! I just made a microwave version of Apple Crisp (out of some 1980’s SHARP cookbook). It happens to be my favorite apple crisp, but this one is certainly one for the recipe archive.


  11. Stephanie on September 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Yes, I’m so glad for autumn myself! ^_^


  12. icakepops on September 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Now this is a great way to usher in the Fall season!


  13. Janelle King on September 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Great treat to start the fall off!


  14. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction on September 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I love the addition of almonds! This is a perfect way to welcome fall!


  15. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet on September 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    We love apple crisp! It’s the one dessert that always shows up on fall family get-togethers. Yum!


  16. Julia on September 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    This looks awesome, and like the perfect way to begin fall!


  17. Laura Dembowski on September 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    There is nothing like a good apple crisp in fall, though I’m still pretending like fall is not here and never will be 🙂 How do you get the pictures of crisp to look so awesome? I find it to be one of the hardest things to photograph.


    • Michelle on October 5th, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Hi Laura, Thank you for the compliment on the photos. I truly didn’t do anything different, just took the photos next to a window with a lot of natural light, no flash on the camera.


  18. Becky @lovetobeinthekitchen on September 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    What a great idea to make an almond crisp! I love your recipes. You are amazing!


  19. naomi on September 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Oh, this is so Fall perfect. Im so ready for a change. The recipe looks and sounds killer!


  20. buttercream bakehouse on September 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    just did an apple pie crisp on my blog last week…apples are in the air!!!! Love Fall.


  21. Diana on September 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Okay I’m ready for Fall with this one!!!


  22. Riley on September 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    What a perfect way to ring in the fall!


  23. Lea's Cooking on September 9, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Yummy!!! This awesome recipe:) I am, pinning it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  24. Kelly @ JAX does design on September 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I had a bag of not-so-tasty Paula Red apples that I didn’t want to waste. I saw your almond apple crisp recipe and decided to try it. I misread the recipe and squeezed 1-1/2 lemons thinking I needed 4 Tbsp, not 4 tsp of juice. I used it all anyway and upped the cornstarch to 1 tsp. The final verdict – DELICIOUS! Tart & juicy & so yummy 🙂


  25. Ardex Sd P on September 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    While I love the sunshine we have had lately, I am longing for a chilly fall day that I can make this and warm up my house and of course my tummy!!!


  26. Inigo Boy on September 11, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Oh my, really mouth-watering!


  27. Chitra on September 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

    This looks delicious. How much in advance can you make this? Thx.


    • Michelle on September 25th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Chitra, I wouldn’t make this too far in advance (definitely do it the same day) or the topping could get soggy and the apples will start to release a lot of the juice.


  28. Alex on September 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Sounds yummylicious


  29. Maria on September 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    This was absolutely fantastic! I didn’t get as much almond flavor as I had hoped for, though-I’ll probably increase the amount of nuts when I make it again, or experiment with walnuts or pecans instead…either way, this recipe is awesome and I’ll definitely be using it more than once this year to take care of our ridiculous amount of apples 🙂


  30. Jocelyn on January 6, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Simple and delicious! Thanks for a great recipe.


  31. Amanda on February 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Hello 🙂 do you think it would be possible to use peaches instead of apples??


    • Michelle on February 17th, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Hi Amanda, I think that would probably work.


  32. Didem Altop on March 13, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Ok, so I combined two of your apple crisp recipes because I love oatmeal in my topping but the filling of this recipe seemed easier. I also reduced the brown sugar in the topping by 1/4 cup and replaced them with toffee bits. Let’s see what happens.


  33. Henry Croft on September 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    My all time favorite dessert is an apple and rhubarb crumble – just like Mum used to make it haha! Having said that, though, this looks absolutely delicious, so I’m definitely going to give it a go!


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