Easy Apple Crumble Recipe

This 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!

Apple crumble scooped into a white bowl and topped with vanilla ice cream.

Why This Recipe Works

Everyone loves a warm apple pie, but sometimes you just want something a little less time consuming. Something like this rustic apple crumble.

I 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 making it 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 stays 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).

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make a warm apple crumble recipe.

Best apples to use 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.

Oats. I use quick cook oats in today’s recipe, but rolled oats (or old fashioned oats) will also work if you like your oats more chewy (like in my favorite oatmeal scotchie cookies).

Sugar. A combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar is used in the apple mixture, and you’ll just need the brown sugar for the crumble topping.

Step by Step Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make apple crumble.

Apple layer. 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.

Combine crumble ingredients: brown sugar, cinnamon, oats, flour, butter. I find it easiest to use my hands to make the crumble, but a pastry cutter works too. Sprinkle over the top of apple mixture, pressing lightly.

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

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.

Baked apple crumble being scooped with a large serving spoon.

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Yield: serves 10

Apple Crumble

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

This 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!

Ingredients

For the Filling:

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

For the Crumble:

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

Instructions

  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!

Notes

  • APPLES: 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!
  • ADDITIONS: Add nuts or granola for a crispier crumble topping.
  • MAKE AHEAD: Can be made 24 hours in advance. Refrigerate and cover with foil.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

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 June 9, 2021

Comments & Reviews

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

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

  3. 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.

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

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

  6. 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! 🙂

    1. I’ve got a can of pumpkin on my counter today!! I guess I’m craving fall too 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

    1. I’ve got a delicious blueberry lime crumble on the blog too, but apple is always my first choice!

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

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

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

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

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