Easy Apple Crumble Recipe

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.

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

Easy recipe for Apple Crumble...top it with ice cream and it's #comfortfood dessert!

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.

Then earlier this summer I shared this Blueberry Lime Crumble…and again realized I’ve yet shared my apple version.

How to Make Apple Crumble

Easy recipe for Apple Crumble...top it with ice cream and it's #comfortfood dessert!

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 for Apple Crumble

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!

Can Apple Crumble be made in advance?


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

I don’t recommend freezing apple 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 you’ll need for the Best Apple Crumble Recipe

If you want a quick glance at what’s needed for today’s recipe, look no further. For the printable recipe with measurements, scroll all the way down!


  • Apples
  • Lemon juice
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • All-purpose flour
  • Quick Oats
  • Unsalted Butter


  • Mixing bowl
  • 2qt baking dish
  • Sharp knife to peel and dice apples

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Yield: serves 10

Apple Crumble

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
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

For the Crumble:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup 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!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 99mg Carbohydrates: 57g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 38g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published July 24, 2014. 

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

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57 comments on “Easy Apple Crumble Recipe”

  1. This looks absolutely amazing. Especially topped with the ice cream…. I can just taste it! SO YUM!

  2. Apple crumble is seriously one of my all time favorite desserts — LOVE this!!

  3. I love how your daughter went out of the norm for birthday cake! This sounds like the perfect alternative!

  4. I’m with your daughter – if it’s warm and served with ice cream, count me in!

  5. Your daughter is awesome. I love how she knows what she wants!
    No peeling makes this especially appealing. Ooh, that rhymed! It looks great!

  6. Warm apple crumble definitely has to have vanilla ice cream. This looks amazing!! Gotta love those Crunch Pak apples 🙂

  7. I have been really craving a good crumble lately but didn’t know which kind to make. An apple crumble might just be what I am looking for 🙂 This looks so amazing.

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  9. Your daughter has good taste! I used to always ask for apple pie for my birthday! I definitely would have been happy with some of this crumble!

  10. Apple crumble is pretty much my all time favorite dessert. It even gets ranks higher than anything chocolate. There’s something about a crumb topping that just can’t be beat!

  11. I like that you chose to use lemon and light brown sugar. really adds to the flavor!

  12. This looks delicious, Aimee, and I’ve really been craving some fall flavors already like pumpkin and apples. It seems absurd to have these cravings with all the great stone fruit and berries around, but I really miss them. This crumble is REALLY making me them, and I love your photos! 🙂

  13. dont think you can ever go wrong with a good apple crumble, so craving a bowl right now… yum!

  14. It’s getting to be that time of year. Love apple season. The kids are already bugging me to buy apples. DeLish!

  15. We always have a bag of the Crunch Pak Organic Apples in our fridge – they’re are favorite grab and go snack. This crumble looks like a mighty fine snack as well.

  16. I’m SO IN LOVE. This is the best crumble ever!

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  23. Margaret Christenson

    Where I s the recipe for zucchini crumble in th u s article?  Sounds good and perfect for my low potassium diet.

  24. Celia

    This is the best and easiest Crumble recipe. 5 stars!

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  27. Charlotte Moore

    I love a good juicy crisp. Peach for now and apple for later. YUM!

  28. Chelsea

    This crumble is AMAZING!! The perfect summer dessert!! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Kara Cook

    This is one of my very favorite fall desserts. You just can’t beat it topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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  33. ingrid

    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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