Jeff’s Apple Oatmeal Crisp Recipe

Jeff's Apple Oatmeal Crisp RecipeJeff's Apple Oatmeal Crisp RecipeGrowing up, dessert was a staple of the meals in the Wicks household. Maybe this was my parents way to gain another 15 minutes of calmness in the house because if there was dessert around you could be sure all of the kids would calmly eat and not cause trouble… Ha.

My favorite desserts have always been Ice Cream, Cheesecake and Apple Cobbler. Cheesecake is awesome, but the combination of ice cream and Cobbler is just out of this world! Kristy, on the other hand, lives for everything lemon or chocolate related. Me on the other hand? Anything to do with apples.. I’m all over it.

Today I am excited to share my Apple Oatmeal Crisp (cobbler). It’s easy to make, can be modified to feed any number of family members/guests, and the best part is you can make it in advance. I tend to make this dessert whenever we have an abundance of apples and everyone in the house is craving something warm and sweet.

Hope you enjoy this recipe, as much as we do. This is the first time that I’ve actually measured and written down what I use. This has always been a “winging it” kind of recipe for me. Sometimes I like it with more apples and other times it’s all about the crisp factor.


5 – 8 medium Granny Smith Apples
1 cup Light Brown Sugar
1 Cup Quick Oats
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Butter – Melted
1 tsp vanilla

1/2 Cup White Ganulated Sugar
1 1/2 TSP Ground Cinnamon

9″ x 9″ baking dish

Jeff's Apple Oatmeal Crisp Recipe


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Jeff's Apple Oatmeal Crisp Recipe

Apple Prep:
Peel, core and dice apples into small bite size chunks.  I like to use an apple slicer in this step which will easily core the apple and create small slides.  I then peel and dice each slice. Put them in a bowl and set aside.

Tip: If you think it will take more than 15 minutes from this point to complete the prep, fill the bowl of apples with cool water to keep them from turning brown, but remember you MUST drain this water before you add to the crumble later!

Crumble Prep:
In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour, vanilla and butter. Mix gently with spatula 3 – 4 minutes until all ingredients are combined. Note, if you use unsalted butter, then you may want to add a small amount of salt to taste.

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Last night I picked up this great white baking dish on sale. It’s the perfect size for my family. They have several different sizes and colors! I also found a similar blue spatula set.

Build the Crisp:
Place half of the crumble mix in the bottom of the baking dish. Add apples (drain first if you placed them in water!), sprinkle white sugar and the cinnamon evenly over the top of the apples, no need to mix, then add the remaining crumble mix on top.

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Bake and Serve:

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 55 – 60 minutes

Serves 4 – 5

If you are baking for a larger group, you can either add a few apples to the recipe above or double the recipe and bake in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Although this crisp doesn’t need ice cream, a scoop or two on the side can only make it more enjoyable!

Jeff's Apple Oatmeal Crisp Recipe

By the way – Apple crisp is one of those recipes that can have a million twists.. this is just my simple version when we are wanting something quick and easy. There are lots of other ingredients that we add to the mix at times – lemon, cranberries, and more. So feel free to add anything you’re in the mood for.

Jeff's Apple Oatmeal Crisp Recipe

Have you ever made an apple crisp before? Let me know the different ways that you like to make this dessert in the comments below!

Enjoy & thanks for stopping by,

– Jeff

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Apple Oatmeal Crisp Recipe Card Kristy Wicks

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41 thoughts on “Jeff’s Apple Oatmeal Crisp Recipe

  1. Hi made a similar recipe with my son last night. He was in charge of the crisp and I chopped up the apples and put all the ingredients for that. Mmmmmm warm crisp and Vanilla ice cream is so yummy. Thanks for sharing effort I will true your recipe next time.

    1. Hi Trini,
      Thanks for stopping by. That sounds delicious! Jeff reads all of these but he is on a business trip and can’t respond today.. love ice cream on top too. xx

  2. ??????? Great post, Jeff! Your effort to bake and style your crisp for your family and us is appreciated! Will make a batch of Wicks House Crisp soon and share the love!

    1. Hi Lynne,
      Thank you! Please do and share with us how it turned out.. Jeff is on a business trip so unfortunately he can’t respond today but he will read this soon! xx

    1. My husband and I run a bed and breakfast in Hamilton, NY… near Colgate University. We deal mostly with Colgate families. I am always looking for easy recipes to share with our guests while they sit out on the deck overlooking our Lake Moraine. A nice apple crisp would go great with a chilled glass of white wine on a beautiful summer day. Thank you for sharing!
      Breigh Carroll

      1. That sounds great for the bed & breakfast! The nice part, is that you really can’t screw this recipe up. Would love to hear what some of your visitors think about it when they try it. Thanks for stopping by, xx

  3. This looks so delicious Jeff and Kristy! We love apple crisp. I had a bunch of apples that needed to be used up shortly after the holidays and we made an apple crisp and I added some blueberries and cranberries to it and a few chopped pecans. I was trying to use up things left over from all of our holiday baking. We also had left over creme fraiche so I tried a dollop of that on the warm crisp, It was pretty yummy! I can’t wait to try Jeff’s recipe and will make it when my hubby gets back from his business trip. Thanks for your recipe! Your photos are beautiful, too!

  4. Looks & sounds delish! Quick question…when you put the crumble layer on the bottom of the dish-do you press into the dish or just leave it fluffy? Can’t wait to try it out!

  5. Hello. It looks delicious. I will definitely try it. There is a jar of vanilla in the photo but it’s not listed in the ingredients. Did I miss something?

  6. I am preparing this dessert tonight. You have vanilla extract in picture but no measurement listed. I assume its 1 tsp.

  7. your recipe doesn’t state when to incorporate the vanilla? I’m still jazzed about trying to make it though!

    1. Hi Angela, Jeff mixes the vanilla in when he’s making the oatmeal crisp. He adds it at the same time as the butter. Hope that helps? :) xx

  8. This is the best apple crisp I have ever had! I have tried so many recipes for crisps over the years that always seemed to miss the mark but this recipe is right on. The apples, the topping, the baked consistency is perfect. Thanks for sharing. This will now be my go to recipe!

  9. Just now popped it in the oven! This was the perfect recipe to incorporate into At Home Learning with the kids. They used exact measurements and we are all ready for the finished product! I’ve followed you on IG since you lived in your previous home. Your IG stories brighten my day! Sending some Texas Love!

  10. My apple crumble is baking right now. It smells really good. I think my apples were much larger than yours. I am doing pickup grocery so I don’t select things myself. I have been diagnosed with a type of pneumonia. I was sick for 2-1/2 months before reaching this diagnosis…covid tests,etc. so I have been frightened and worried. You and Jeff have helped me take my mind off things. Thank you. I made the shrimp poloma also. It was delish! The ease of it with the frozen shrimp is a no brained though it never occurred to me! Anyway…thank you both!

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been dealing with so much this past couple of months Suzanne. Sending you tons of hugs. As to Jeff’s recipe, I’m the same when it comes to the frozen shrimp – I never would have thought of it either. ;) Hope your apple crumble was yummy! Take care of yourself and thanks for your sweet words. xo

  11. This recipe was so delicious! I also added some extra melted butter when I saw Kristy making it through Instagram stories. Looking forward to trying a reduced sugar version this weekend as a breakfast option for my toddler and I to have throughout the week!

  12. This Father’s Day I’m giving all my attention to my grandpa and he loves apple pie so this is a great twist I’m going to try and make for him . thank you for the idea !

  13. Absolutely delicious! Made this tonight for my husband and myself and it was absolutely perfect with vanilla bean ice cream. Thank you for sharing!!

  14. LOVE this recipe! I have made it several times since you guys posted it. It’s a family favorite and my kids 9 & 10 enjoy making it themselves too❤

  15. I really enjoy everything you put in Instagram … the recipeis,the tips,the decoration,your house ,the shopping.. thanks for the relaxing moments I have had .. and still have 🙋🏼‍♀️Saludos desde Mexico City

  16. Really good…thank you! I have several versions of apple crisp and yours is the best.
    As mentioned in the notes, adding vanilla is left off the recipe card. Also, you might want to consider adding lightly buttering the inside of the baking dish in both the recipe main body and on the recipe card.