Apple Crisp (for Two!)

Warm and inviting apple crisp recipe for two! Spiced apples are cooked till hot and gooey with a cinnamon oat crumble topping for the ideal small batch autumn treat.Easily scaled up for a wider audience!

I proudly wear my Apple > Pumpkin badge, so here’s a long-time favorite autumn meal of mine: apple crisp! But here’s the thing: it’s just me and my husband at home, with no visitors in the previous 7 months and no plans to bring any in the near future.

As a result, I’m hoping to make almost everything a small batch recipe whenever possible.

Breakfast casseroles and lasagna are cooked in my family with the purpose of having leftovers for the rest of the week.

But what about apple crisp? Nope. It must be eaten soon after it has been prepared, otherwise the topping will get mushy.

Which apples are best for homemade apple crisp?

I prefer to use a combination of sour and sweet apples, but it will work with pretty much whatever you have on hand. You only want to make sure you use firm, crisp apples since soft apples can become mushy after baking. And you don’t want mushy cooked apples; you want soft baked apples.

Here are some of my favorite apples to use:

  • Granny Smith
  • Gala
  • Fuji
  • Honeycrisp
  • Pink Lady
  • Autumn Glory
  • Braeburn

Do I have to peel the apples for apple crisp?

No way, no how! If you want to save a step and some time, wash the exterior of the apples well and dice them with the skins on.

How to make the best apple crisp from scratch

Here are some of my suggestions for producing the finest apple crisp you’ve ever had. Dramatic? I mean, most likely. But, because you eat dessert less often than any other meal, let’s make it matter.

Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the apple slices. This keeps them from browning, which makes them seem less attractive, but it also lends a nice zing to the completed dish!

2 cubes.When it comes to chopped apples, don’t worry about making them all the same size. You’re okay as long as they’re cut small enough to fit comfortably in your serving plates. Aim for about 1

For a more spicy taste, add ground ginger and nutmeg. They are indicated as optional ingredients in the recipe card, but I strongly advise you to include them. The ginger lends a delicate spicy taste to the filling, and the nutmeg in the topping has a wonderful scent that simply screams Fall.

Do you like a more pronounced spicy flavor? Add more of anything you want! More cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or whatever tastes you like.

What if you don’t have cornstarch for the filling? Replace with all-purpose flour.

Do you lack all-purpose flour for the topping? Replace it with gluten-free flour or almond meal.

In the crisp topping, use rolled oats rather than steel cut oats. Steel cut oats are not recommended since they are firmer than rolled oats and require longer to absorb liquids and cook. So, although the apple filling is ready to go, the topping is still a little raw.

Can I make this recipe for one person?

Without a doubt! Simply cut the mixture in half and bake in a single serving dish. Alternatively, prepare it exactly as instructed and eat them both yourself tada! For one, apple crisp.

Just joking (kind of), here’s how you’d halve it all:

Apple filling:

  • 1 medium peeled, cored, and diced apple (approximately 1 cup chopped)
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Small pinch of ground ginger (optional)

Crumb topping ingredients:

  • 8 cup whole wheat flour, gluten-free flour, or almond meal1
  • 2 tbsp old-fashioned rolled oats (not steel cut)1 tbsp
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Tiny pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cold and cubed

Can I make this for more than two people?

Sure thing! If you wish to serve this to a large group, quadruple the recipe and bake it in a 9-inch pie plate or an 88-inch baking dish. You’ll probably need to bake it for a little longer than 30 minutes, so check it after that.

Tip: If you click on the 3X on the recipe card, the arithmetic will be done for you!

Apple crisp toppings

I like to serve it with a dollop of cool ice cream on top. It melts slightly and perfectly compliments the remainder of the meal.

Most people like vanilla ice cream, which is also acceptable. But guess what’s even better? Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream is insanely delicious with apple crisp! Don’t dismiss anything until you’ve given it a go.

You could also add:

  • a drizzle of caramel sauce
  • pomegranate arils
  • a few crushed walnuts, pecans, or shredded almonds

Apple Crisp (for Two!)


Prep Time: 15mins
Cook Time: 25mins
Total Time: 40mins
Servings: 2servings
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Warm, cozy apple crisp recipe for two! Spiced apples are covered with a cinnamon oat crumble topping and baked until hot and gooey for the perfect small batch fall dessert.


  • 8 ounce mini cocottes
  • Ramekins
  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Pastry cutter


Apple filling

  • 2 medium peeled, cored, and chopped apples (or 1 big peeled, cored, and chopped apple)
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • 2Tablespoonslight brown sugar
  • 1Tablespooncornstarch
  • teaspoonpure vanilla extract
  • teaspoonground cinnamon
  • Small pinch of ground ginger, optional

Crumb topping

  • cup whole wheat flour, gluten-free flour, or almond meal
  • 3 tbsp. old-fashioned rolled oats (not steel cut)
  • 2Tablespoonslight brown sugar
  • teaspoonground cinnamon
  • Pinchof salt
  • Small pinch of nutmeg, optional
  • 2Tablespoonsunsalted butter, cold and cubed


Apple filling

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and coat two ramekins or little round cocottes with nonstick spray. Place aside.
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1
    Toss chopped apples with lemon juice in a medium bowl to coat. Stir or toss in the brown sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, cinnamon (and ginger, if using) to coat and mix.
    2 large apples, 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Set aside the apple filling after dividing it equally between the two prepared bowls.

Crumb topping

  • 8 teaspoon cinnamon, pinch salt, and a touch of nutmeg
    4 c. all-purpose flour 3 tbsp. old-fashioned rolled oats, 2 tbsp. light brown sugar 1
    In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg (if using).
  • Combine with a pastry cutter or fork the chilled, cubed butter. When the mixture has formed a huge crumb that clings together, spread half of it in an equal layer on top of each apple filled dish.
    2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until the topping is softly golden brown and the apples are tender and cooked through. Set the oven to Broil towards the end if you want to rapidly brown the tops. Keep an eye on it since it will happen soon!
  • Remove from the oven with care, let to cool slightly before serving. Serve with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, or just as is and enjoy!


Mini Round Cocottes: I used these 8 ounce Le Creusets in the photos in this post.Best apples for apple crisp: Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Autumn Glory, BraeburnLike a stronger spiced flavor? Add more of… whatever! More ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger – whatever flavors you love.Don’t have cornstarch for the filling? Substitute with all purpose flour.Don’t have enough all purpose flour for the topping? Swap it for gluten free flour or almond meal.Use old fashioned rolled oats in the topping, not steel cut. I don’t recommend using steel cut oats because they’re more firm than rolled oats and take longer to absorb liquids and cook. So while the apple filling might be ready to go, the topping would still taste a bit raw.If you want to make this for a crowd, triple the recipe and bake it in a 9″ pie dish instead. You’ll likely need to bake it for a bit longer than indicated here, so check it at 30 minutes. Click on the “3X” in the recipe card and it will do all the math for you! 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg


What is the best apple combination for apple crisp?

The Best Apple Varieties to Use for Apple Crisp

Apple pies and apple crisps are popular with the firm and crisp Granny Smith and Honeycrisp kinds. Another excellent option for a crisp is Golden Delicious.

Which is better apple crumble or apple crisp?

Apple Crumble is associated with Apple Crisp in the United Kingdom and Australia, although it is a significantly distinct dish in Canada and the United States. An apple crumble, like an apple crisp, is a baked fruit dish with a layer of topping. In contrast to the crisp, the crumble topping seldom contains grains or nuts.

Why does my apple crisp get soggy?

Allow the hot apple crisp to cool fully by placing it on a wire rack. Allow it to cool to room temperature for 2-3 hours. If you keep it too long, the added heat and moisture will make it mushy.

Does it matter what apples you use in apple crisp?

When choosing an apple for your crisp, choose a crisp, tart kind that holds up well to baking, such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp. Alternatively, if you have both on hand, try combining the two. Another excellent option for crisp is Golden Delicious.

How many apples makes 4 cups?

In brief, 1 cup of chopped apples equals around 34 of a medium-sized apple or 1 complete big apple.

How many apples for 10 cups?

This corresponding list states that 10 medium apples are required to make 10 cups of sliced apples. Purchase an extra apple to be on the safe side. You don’t want to run out of ingredients—after all, it’s always better to have too many than too few!

Why is my apple crisp topping not crispy?

If you don’t use enough butter, your topping will be a dry, floury mess. If you use too much butter, your topping can turn oily or mushy. Some recipes call for cutting cold butter into the dry ingredients, resulting in pea-size bits that are sprinkled over the hot fruit filling.

Can you overcook apple crisp?

Fortunately, apple crisp is one of those foods that reheats quite nicely. You may heat up a single serving in the microwave. Alternatively, reheat the whole baking dish in the oven. It’s difficult to overcook, and it won’t dry out.

How long do you cook apple crisp for?

Bake the apple crisp for 45 minutes, or until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown and crunchy.

Can I cut apples ahead of time for apple crisp?

THE BOTTOM LINE: If you’re going to cook apples, you may prepare them a day or two ahead of time.

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