Easy Apple Crumble Recipe

Easy Apple Crumble recipe is true comfort food with sweet caramelized apple filling and crunchy cinnamon topping. Total crowd pleaser and ready in under an hour!

Don’t forget to top this crumble with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream! Change up the flavor and try my zucchini crumble too!

White bowl with apple crumble and a scoop of vanilla icecream. Set on a red striped napkin with a fork.

Why This Recipe Works

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this recipe with you all for quite some time. My oldest daughter’s birthday was in January and instead of cake and ice cream she wanted an Apple Pie.

Sadly, I am very pie crust challenged, so I had suggested an Apple Crumble instead. She said, “as long as it’s served hot with ice cream she would love it.”

When I posted it on instagram, I realized I had never shared the recipe on the blog. Shame on me. Hoarding this delicious crumble all for myself.

I also recently shared my love of crumbles with this Blueberry Lime Crumble and Apple Cranberry Crumble.

But before we talk about variations, let’s get to the real deal.

Today’s Apple Crumble is ready in under an hour, the perfect dessert to pop in the oven while enjoying dinner.

When choosing the perfect apple crumble recipe, this recipe is best because:

  1. Apple stay soft, but not watery.
  2. Not too sweet, but not dry either.
  3. Ready in under in hour (less time than eating dinner and doing dishes).
White oblong bowl with handles and a single scoop of apple crumble with vanilla icecream.

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1: Peel and dice 4 apples. Combine apples in a large bowl with lemon juice, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Pour into a 2 qt baking dish.

STEP 2: Combine crumble ingredients: brown sugar, cinnamon, oats, flour, butter. I find it easiest to use my hands to make the crumble. Sprinkle over the top of apple mixture, pressing lightly.

STEP 3: Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 50 minutes, until bubbly and caramelized. Enjoy warm with whipped cream or ice cream!

Best Apples to Use

I like to use a tart apple, like Granny Smith or Golden Delicious. However, you really can’t go wrong with any fresh apple.

Just peel and dice and enjoy the fresh comfort food of an apple pie without a crust!

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Recipe FAQs

Can Apple Crumble be made in advance?

Absolutely! To make ahead, just assemble, cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake (up to 24 hours).

Can you freeze Apple Crumble?

I don’t recommend freezing a crumble, as I haven’t seen good success. The filling tends to get too watery, and the topping doesn’t have a good crunch.

What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?

A crisp is a fruit dessert topped with a crunchy layer of ingredients. A crumble is more of a streusel combination of flour, oats, sugars, and butter.

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Yield: serves 10

Apple Crumble

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Hot Apple Crumble with a big scoop of Ice Cream is a delicious treat! Serve this for an American summer holiday, or for a cold winter’s dessert.


For the Filling:

  • 4 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

For the Crumble:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. In a large bowl, combine diced apples with lemon juice, sugars, cinnamon and flour. Pour into a 2qt baking dish.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine crumble ingredients. Use hands to combine butter until crumbly (this takes a few minutes). Sprinkle over top of apple mixtures. Press lightly.
  3. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 45-50 minutes, until bubbly and caramelized. Enjoy warm with a scoop of ice cream!


  • I like to use a tart apple, like Granny Smith or Golden Delicious. However, you really can't go wrong with any fresh apple. Just peel and dice and enjoy the fresh comfort food of an apple pie without a crust!
  • Add nuts or granola for a crispier crumble topping.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 3gSugar: 38gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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This Easy Apple Crumble Recipe is the perfect weeknight dessert. Whether serving a crowd or just yourself, you’ll love this easy dessert recipe!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on September 18, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. This is a very nice light dessert. I made this using 3 apples in an 11×7 dish, adding pecans and cinnamon chips on top. I baked it 50 minutes which may have been about 5-7 minutes too long. But it was very tasty, especially with ice cream.

  2. Hands down, this is the most delicious apple crumble I have ever eaten. My son has now requested it for his next birthday “cake”. I used Golden Delicious apples, snuck in a smidge of good vanilla extract, and splurged on good European butter, using an additional stick in the crumble because that’s how I roll. Holy schmoly. Can’t wait to make this again for Christmas!

  3. I made this Apple Crumble last Friday for my boyfriend and me. It was delish! A great dessert for the fall season. We put Graeter’s Vanilla ice cream on top – perfect pair! I don’t know where to put the star.

    Next, I’m trying your buttermilk brownies. My Aunt Flo used to make buttermilk brownies and they were the BEST! We couldn’t find her recipe. I hope yours is just as good.

    Thank you!

    1. First, I LOVE Graeter’s ice cream 🙂 So happy you loved the crumble. And I hope the brownies bring you happy memories 🙂

  4. Happy Aloha Friday, Aimee!
    Does your Apple Crumble recipe need to be refrigerated?
    If not, is it suitable for mailing?
    Mahalo for your time!

  5. I have almost always saw crisp recipes with oatmeal and crumbles with no oats. I love the oats in the topping.

  6. This is delicious! I looked so good on the family dinner after I brought this deliciousness! I was wondering if I can add toasted walnuts? I don’t want to ruin the recipe, I always love a little nutty crunch but I don’t want to mess it up.

  7. Your article is very useful, the content is great, I have read a lot of articles, but for your article, it left me a deep impression, thank you for sharing.

  8. ok so … i didn’t blend in butter with dry top ingredients, I saw that after. It’s in the oven and topping looks very strange and dry. Next time I will work the butter in better even with a fork.

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