Easy Apple Crisp

‘Tis the season for baking warm, gooey, cinnamon apple desserts! This easy Apple Crisp recipe comes from my step dad, Jeff, and holds a special place in my heart.

Last Christmas Jeff instilled a new tradition in our family. He decided that on Thanksgiving we will all draw names, and whoever’s name is drawn is who you have to make a Christmas gift for. That way everyone gets a thoughtful, handmade present created by someone else in the family.

He then proceeded to reveal gifts he had made for each of us based on our interests and his skill set. It was a really nice surprise and I was excited to see he had pre-made this apple crisp for me, complete with handwritten instructions and cute ribbon tied around the mason jars.

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Jeff is a great cook and I’ve always enjoyed learning from him – and eating his food, obviously! And being away from my family can be hard sometimes, so I was happy to bring it back to Chicago for a rainy day, knowing it would make me feel right at home.

It took me a little while to get around to making it but I finally did a little baking this week and it turned out amazing! It’s the perfect blend of fall flavors mixed into one tasty crisp, best served warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top. Eating it made me feel like I was right back in my hometown living room, hanging with my pup and family by the fireplace.

It’s also extremely easy to make! Simply slice up 1 1/2 lbs of your favorite apples and lay flat in a baking dish. Then add your flour, oats, cinnamon and brown sugar into a large bowl. Pour your melted butter on top of this mixture and stir until crumbly. This is the most important part (in my opinion) because the crispy top is the BEST part about this dish. Pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes and enjoy!

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Whether you’re in need of a deliciously simple recipe for Friendsgiving, or are just in the mood for an autumn apple treat, this crisp will satisfy all the cravings and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy (and full!) inside.


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