Best Ever Oatmeal Apple Crisp The Perfect Fall Dessert


Sharing is caring!

Wonderful Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Apple Crisp Recipe

This classic oatmeal apple crisp recipe is a favorite from the First National Bank cookbook compiled by the bank employees in my hometown around 1969. It consists of mimeographed pages bound in brown with someone’s artwork on the cover.

It is full of wonderful recipes, frequently mentioning “oleo” as an ingredient. For anyone born after 1980, you may never have heard the term. It means margarine. Back then, folks considered it much healthier than butter; how things change.

The cover reads “First and Last Edition.” It probably turned out to be way more work than anticipated, and the committee vowed, “Never again.”

A lady named Opal contributed this recipe, so you can guess she was part of the “Grand Generation.” It is simple but the best oatmeal apple crisp I have ever eaten.

Bake This Yummy Apple Crisp In A Nine Inch Pan Or Deep Dish Pie Plate

Apple Crisp
Apple Crisp

Apples are abundant this time of year; today, there are many wonderful varieties, from tart Granny Smiths to mellow Golden Delicious. My favorite might be Johnathan apples if you can find them. It’s perfect for mixing different types in the same crisp, too!

Here is a great little article from Southern Living about the different varieties of apples and which ones are best for apple crisp, in their opinion!

You will need about five large apples to make about four to five cups of sliced apples. Peel and core them, then slice them thin, so they cook and get nice and tender. Put them in a greased nine-inch square baking pan or a deep dish pie plate.

Mix two tablespoons of flour, one-half teaspoon of salt, and one-half teaspoon or more of cinnamon with a cup of granulated sugar, then shake and sprinkle that mixture evenly over all the apples.

Next The Yummy Buttery Oatmeal Topping You Make In A Skillet

The topping is my favorite part of oatmeal apple crisp; it is so sweet and buttery! I always make it in a skillet. Melt a stick of butter (not oleo, please!), then add three-fourths of a cup each of quick oatmeal, flour, and brown sugar, and one-half teaspoon each of baking powder and baking soda.

Make sure you use quick oatmeal, not old-fashioned oatmeal. Nowadays, quick oats are also called one-minute oats. It is processed to cook faster and produce a more tender and crumbly topping, exactly how you want it! Instant oatmeal is not suitable for this recipe. I love Quaker Oat products; in my opinion, they are the best!

Mix it until it becomes dough-like, and all the butter is absorbed. Then sprinkle it over the dish, so all the apples are covered, and press it down lightly with your hands.

Bake it in a 350-degree oven for about 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and juices start bubbling up along the edges. Oh my, the aroma, while you bake your oatmeal apple crisp, is a huge bonus! The whole house smells amazing!

I use this recipe to make peach crisp in the summertime, and I will try it again with plums, apricots, and pears next summer just for the joy of eating the crust!

Cinnamon ice cream is usually a limited-time treat. Grab it when you can; it is absolutely amazing on apple crisp. This crisp is great with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, but for a real treat, look for cinnamon ice cream in the fall and winter.

Do you love apple crisps as much as I do, or do you have other apple desserts that are your favorites? Here are some of our favorite apple recipes. Homemade apple butter, Apple cake with coffee and cardamom, Apple pie cupcakes.

Printable recipe:

Yield: 10 servings

Oatmeal Apple Crisp

Oatmeal  Apple Crisp

This vintage recipe makes the most delicious apple crisp you ever ate, with a wonderful, sweet buttery oatmeal topping.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 4-5 cups of thinly sliced apples
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon or more to taste
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup quick oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place sliced apples in a greased nine-inch baking pan or deep-dish pie plate.
  3. Mix cinnamon, sugar, salt, and flour in a bowl and sprinkle evenly over the sliced apples.
  4. In a skillet, melt the butter, then add the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder.
  5. Mix until the butter is all absorbed and the mixture becomes dough-like.
  6. Sprinkle topping evenly over the apples until they are all covered, then press the topping down lightly with your hands.
  7. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and juices begin to bubble up along the edges.
  8. Serve warm or cold with ice cream or whipped cream.


Mix up any variety of apples, or use your favorite!

If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on your social media! I would love for more people to try this delicious and easy-to-make recipe. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you! Shhh… Join our secret foodie group on Facebook


How to make Alabama White Sauce A.K.A White BBQ Sauce

4 Reasons You Should Freeze Some Sweet Corn This Summer

Hot Bacon and Swiss Dip

Danish Style Cucumber Salad

Sloppy Joes Have Been Delighting Diners For Almost 100 Years

German Sauerkraut Casserole With Bacon And Brown Sugar

If you like these recipes, you are our people! You can check some related articles below or search via categories on the right. But, be warned; you will be on here for hours. Enjoy! 

So, please share this recipe on your social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. We would be honored and ever so grateful; thank you!


Sharing is caring!


  1. Looking forward to more recipes

  2. Pingback: Make The Most Perfect Apple Cider Bundt Cake Ever -

  3. I love the combination of apples and fresh cranberries in a crisp.

  4. Made this for a card party last night. Everyone loved it. Got asked for the recipe. 😊


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *