For those of you who are looking for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert that are still tasty and festive, but are an alternative to a pie, this recipe is for you. It has all of the great flavors of the holidays, but you don’t have to worry about making a crust. (If you did want to make a pie, however, totally check out Kate’s posts here and here on making pie crusts – I intend to use those later this week!)

This recipe is near and dear to me because it reminds me of when my husband and I were first married. We were in college and would go to visit his parents, and his mom would send back some of the yumminess they had canned. One of our favorites were the canned apples – they were already spiced and ready to go. We just had to make the topping recipe and we had our own yummy apple crisp. Since I didn’t have her yummy bottled apples this time, I used her recipe from scratch and it was excellent.

Homemade Apple Crisp


  • 6 large apples, peeled & sliced (I used Granny Smith – a tart apple is great with this recipe)
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 T. butter, cut into smallish pieces
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice


  • 1-1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. nuts (optional – I omitted these)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix all of the ingredients for the filling in a large bowl. Place in 13×9 pan.

3.  Combine flour and brown sugar in a bowl. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling. You can also top with nuts at this point if you are using them.

4. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until apples are done and the crumb has browned.

That’s it! A perfect, and easy, treat for the holidays!



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