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Friday, October 28, 2016

Great-Grandma Peggy's Apple Crisp

This simple apple crisp recipe comes straight from my great-grandma, so you know it has to be good! Celebrate fall with a easy treat! 

spoon in pan of freshly baked apple crisp

      This fabulously simple apple crisp comes straight from my great-grandma's recipe box. There is no added sugar, just lots of delicious apple flavor.  It is a healthy treat that celebrates fall in a fabulous way.  Great food from great-grandma's kitchen to yours!

      I know #appleweek is over, but I just couldn't help but to make one more apple dish to share with you this fall.  I actually got this recipe from MiMi during apple week, but it was too late to get it added.

    So, I am sharing it with you now.  This recipe comes from my great-grandma Peggy via my Maw-Maw and then through MiMi.

     Maw-Maw (my maternal grandmother) has been going through her recipes and passing some along to MiMi (my mom).  Of course, MiMi is passing them to me too.

   You may remember that my great-grandma Peggy is also the one who gave us the German Chocolate Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting that was met with such rave reviews.  Yeah... so you know it is going to be good!  She is also the one who made MiMi her special birthday cake.

     This recipe has no added sugar even though it was from before that was a thing.  If you are using sweet apples, you really don't need it.

     If your apples are tart or you just can't imagine an apple crisp without a little extra sugar, feel free to add a few tablespoons of brown sugar.  I made mine just as it was written though and added a dollop of fresh lightly-sweetened whipped cream and was happy as a clam.

apple crisp with fresh whipped cream on top

    The note on my great-grandma's recipe say "this is kind of a quick treat or an easy dessert.  Maybe it is served by scooping from pan since it won't cut into even squares."  I know I found it to be an excellent treat.

     I served up one scoop for a picture before dinner (these darn shorter days are making it harder to get a picture with semi-decent lighting!) and I couldn't keep from picking at it once I got started.  Mmmm.  There is just something about the warm apples and crispy oat topping that kept my hands going back for more!

small plate of apple crisp and whipped cream

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Yield: 6 Servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Great-Grandma's Apple Crisp

Great-Grandma's Apple Crisp

This fabulously simple apple crisp comes straight from my great-grandma's recipe box. There is no added sugar, just lots of delicious apple flavor. It is a healthy treat that celebrates fall in a fabulous way. Great food from great-grandma's kitchen to yours!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 40 Min


  • 4 cups sliced cooking apples
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sifted flour
  • 1 cup uncooked oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Place apples in a greased shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Combine dry ingredients. Add melted butter and mix until crumbly. Sprinkle crumb mixture over apples.
  3. Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes or until apples are tender.



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  1. I am so glad you made this. It's so much fun when you make recipes that have been made by so many generations. This one skipped a generation because I haven't made it yet and I'm pretty sure your Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Bob haven't either. I plan to change that when I make this soon.

    1. You definitely should! It was quite yummy!

  2. I love apple crisp Carlee and this is the perfect time of year for it. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  3. This sounds so good. None of my grandchildren got to taste my mom's delicious cooking. I try to duplicate her best and my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

    1. It is a great way to feel connected even if you've never actually met, isn't it? Thanks, Linda!

  4. This looks wonderful! We would love to have you at our To grandma's house we go Wednesday link party :)

  5. Crisps are one go my favorite desserts ever! There's something about the brown-sugar, oatey flavor, it gets me every time. Apple crisp is such a classic and one of my favorites! Looks delicious Carlee! 😀

    1. Aren't crisps the best? Thank you, Jessica!

  6. Apple crisp is definitely one of my favorite apple desserts of all time! In fact it is my oldest sons favorite dessert in the whole world, he requests it over birthday cakes many times and I made it when he was home on fall break! Looks so delicious!!

    1. They really are so darn good!! Thanks, Andrea!

  7. Hi Carlee, your recipe reminds me of the good old apple crumble that is popular in the UK. I love the addition of oats to anything and I would probably be that person to add a spoonful of brown sugar (love apples with brown sugar and cinnamon)... I've recently been cursing the light for taking photos too. Winter light certainly lacks.


    1. Apples, brown sugar and cinnamon are just a match made in heaven, aren't they? It is definitely a shock how quickly the days shortened. You'd think I'd be used to it by now ;-)

  8. Those old time-y recipes are always the best, aren't they? Thanks for sharing your great grandma' syummy recipe with us.
    Thanks for visiting my latest post, too.

  9. Thanks for sharing this recipe at C&C with J&J. Have a Happy Halloween! :)

    1. Thanks, Julie! I hope you had a happy Halloween too!

  10. Apple crisp is my favorite at this time of year! This looks delicious!

  11. my husband loves apple crisp, and yet, I haven't made any for years :/ He always wants double the topping too... but I like this recipe, becasue it doesn't have the added sugar, so it is something that would fit into how we are eating now. thanks for sharing over at #WayWow

  12. YUM! Totally pinned! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  13. When I bake my next apple crisp, I am trying this! You know me, I don't mind sugar, but so many crisp recipes have too much sugar. I think this recipe sounds great!

    1. It was nice to have one that wasn't quite so sweet, though I am not usually to complain about a bit of sugar! Thank you!

  14. Love apple crisp, and this looks like the best recipe. I love older, handed down dishes. I have pinned this and I am going to get some apples and whip it up. Love that there is no added sugar and the flour can be substituted with GF. Love apple crisp, more than apple pie. Licking my chops in anticipation!

    1. Isn't a good crisp the best? I gave it a double take when there wasn't any sugar in it, but it really works. It makes it feel like an acceptable snack... or breakfast!! hee! I hope you love it!

  15. There is nothing better than a Apple Crisp, this looks so good! Hope you are having a wonderful week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen


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