Crispiest Apple Crisp

Crispiest Apple Crisp

Chef John 21762

"The secret ingredient in this apple crisp is Grape Nuts®. This extremely crispy and crunchy breakfast cereal does some amazing things to your basic oatmeal-based fruit crisp topping mixture."


47 m servings 364 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 364 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 15.1 g
  • 23%
  • Carbs:
  • 58.3g
  • 19%
  • Protein:
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 38 mg
  • 13%
  • Sodium:
  • 152 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Toss sliced apples with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  3. Mix flour, rolled oats, wheat and barley nugget cereal, melted butter, 1/4 cup white sugar, and 1/4 cup brown sugar together in a large bowl.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup white sugar, and cinnamon into melted butter until sugar begins to dissolve, 3 to 4 minutes. Add apples and water; continue cooking and stirring until apples soften and are coated with sauce, 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Pour apples and sugar mixture into a 2 quart baking dish. Sprinkle topping evenly over the apple filling.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is browned and the filling is bubbling up around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
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  1. 42 Ratings


Made this today for Easter dinner. WAAAAY too sweet and buttery. Would be so much better with half the sugar and butter, and twice the apples. The flavor was good, just too rich and sweet. Th...

Excellent apple crisp!! I watched the video of Chef John preparing it and went exclusively on my own measurements (before I found the written recipe) and it turned out absolutely fabulous! I a...

OMG, John's nailed it with this recipe. Who needs chocolate when they can have this? Perfect any time of the year and for any occasion. Chef John is my favorite cook here!

I used berries instead of apples but followed the recipe exactly for the crisp topping. Was a little disappointed. Don't think it was very good... First, it wasn't near enough to cover the 2 qt ...

This is the best apple crisp I have ever made.....Great great great recipe. I was thinking of using the topping on my sweet potato pie for the holidays cant wait to try it. This crisp did not la...

My family loved it. I would add more cinnamon next time. But as is was great...also looks great!!!

This was delicious! great crispy/crunchy topping. Must have some vanilla bean ice cream to go on top :D

I really liked this srispier topping in this recipe. I used peaches instead of apples and it came out very well. I added the melted butter to the sauce instead of to the topping and it worked gr...

This recipe is simple and delicious. I did not have any Grape Nuts cereal so substituted some oat cereal and walnuts after chopping them in the food chopper. Cooking the apples in a frying pan ...