Apple Crisp, with a Ridiculous Amount of Streusel

Am I the only one who thinks apple crisp never has enough streusel? I fixed that. Behold: the mother-load of streusel-y goodness right here. What better way to use up those fresh fall apples? Top with vanilla ice cream and My Favorite Caramel Sauce!

Apple Crisp, with a Ridiculous Amount of Streusel from The Food Charlatan

We just had our baby girl a couple weeks ago, and one of the things people always ask is how the other 2 kids are handling it. Eric and I always use the same word: OBSESSED. They love her. They love her so much that sometimes they wake her up just to let her know.

The other day Charlotte was kissing the baby, and I said, “Don’t wake her up! Try blowing her kisses instead.” So Charlotte brings her face about an inch away from the baby’s, and starts blowing her kisses.

Just in case you were wondering, if you blow directly on a baby’s face, they WILL wake up. And they won’t be very happy. Details like this are lost on 5 year olds. “Why wouldn’t you want her to wake up, Mom? She’s so cute!” Ohhhh child.

Apple Crisp, with a Ridiculous Amount of Streusel from The Food Charlatan

My friend Amelia made this apple crisp for a get together last year, and I still haven’t forgotten about it. In your average crisp dessert, I’m usually disappointed with the ratio of fruit to streusel. (I feel like it should be close to a 1:1 ratio, kind of like how these Best Lemon Bars have an equal amount of crust to custard.)

Apple Crisp, with a Ridiculous Amount of Streusel from The Food Charlatan

I’m always taking bites of streusel-less apples in an attempt to save the streusel for The Epic Final Bite. (Please tell me I’m not alone in meticulously plotting my food consumption so that I can have an Epic Final Bite.) But Amelia’s crisp was absolutely perfect. SO. MUCH. STREUSEL.

Apple Crisp, with a Ridiculous Amount of Streusel from The Food Charlatan

Apple Crisp, with a Ridiculous Amount of Streusel from The Food Charlatan

This recipe is deceptively simple; no surprise ingredients here, just about twice the amount of butter and sugar. (You weren’t making apple crisp because you wanted to be healthy, right? Good.) Also this recipe definitely feeds a crowd; it makes a thick 9×13 inch pan. You can easily half the recipe to fit in a square pan if you like.

This would be a perfect (and easy) dessert to make for Thanksgiving next week! Check out my Thanksgiving board on Pinterest for more menu ideas!

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Apple Crisp, with a Ridiculous Amount of Streusel


  • 8 large apples
  • 1 and 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup salted butter, softened
  • Vanilla ice cream, pretty much not optional :)
  • Homemade Caramel Sauce


  1. Peel and core the apples. Use a sharp knife or mandolin to slice the apples into very thin, uniform pieces.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  3. Add the sliced apples to the pan.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Use a fork or pastry cutter to stir in the softened butter.
  5. Sprinkle the streusel over the apples.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 375. It is done when a knife inserted in the center slides in easily (the apples should be fork-tender)
  7. Let stand for a few minutes before serving hot or room temperature.
  8. Serve with ice cream and this amazing caramel sauce.
  9. Serves 12-16.


*A variety of apples is best. I used Granny Smith, Fuji, and Pink Lady.

**I've successfully replaced the flour with a gluten-free flour blend, if you're feeding someone who's gluten free.

I've never tried it, but Amelia's mom notes that you can also use 8 large fresh peaches, or canned peaches that have been drained well.

Recipe from my friend Amelia and her mom Diane. Thanks ladies!

More fall desserts you will love!

My Favorite Caramel Sauce: << seriously guys, if you’re going to make this Apple Crisp, You have to pair it with this caramel sauce!! So good.

My Favorite Caramel Sauce from The Food Charlatan


Apple Custard Pie with Cinnamon Streusel << It’s an apple pie, but with CUSTARD. Way better.

Apple Custard Pie with Cinnamon Streusel from The Food Charlatan


Caramel Apple Upside Down French Toast Bake: << this is such an amazing breakfast!

Caramel Apple Upside Down French Toast Bake from The Food Charlatan


More apple desserts you will love!

Apple Pie Bread from the Country Cook
Apple Streusel French Toast Bake from Deliciously sprinkled
Shredded Apple Pie from Life in the Lofthouse





  1. stephanie says

    yum! also, i am totally a last bite planner! or several last bites, even. the only problem with this is that sometimes i’m full before i get to the “good” bites…so of course i eat the good last bites anyway. and then i’ve eaten way more food than i need to…but how could i leave the best part? sigh.

    and i think i may have said this here before (in addition to being a last bite planner, i’m also a story repeater) but i used to go into my sister’s room when she was a baby and take her out of her crib when she was sleeping just to hold her. (i was 10.) my mom was NOT impressed, but my little baby sister was just so cute and i loved having my very own real life baby doll! obsessed would definitely have been the term to describe me too, back then :)

    • says

      Story repeater!! I’m such a story repeater! The worst.

      And on your mom’s behalf, I officially hate 10 year old you. Baby-waker-upper!!!! :)

      this is only mildly related, but yesterday I saw this viral video (from a nanny-cam) of a tiny 5-foot-tall grandma trying to put the sleeping baby in the crib. she stood on a stool, bent over to gently set the baby down…and then FELL IN. like, on top of the baby. I could not stop laughing.

  2. Laura says

    Totally a last bite planner! Except after the last bite I usually end up scraping the plate and/or finishing off my kids’ desserts.

  3. says

    First of all, I’m with you 100% on streusel; I believe in a 2:1 ratio… er, 1:1. Secondly, thank you for providing me with food to take for Thanksgiving, as I am now considering making this along with your Roasted Garlic Green Beans. :D Also, the Epic Final Bite! Reading that was totally a YOU TOO?! moment! ;P
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  4. says

    I think I just fell in love with you! I am SO the person who methodically eats just so that I can have that epic final bite! My husband laughs at me all the time because he thinks I’m weird the way I eat, haha! Plus, you can NEVER have enough streusel. I’m so with you on that and clearly need this in front of me now. :)
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  5. says

    Haha yes!! The fruit and streusel ratio should definitely be at LEAST 1 to 1 or more ;) So cute that your kids are in love with their baby sister and want to wake her up (not always fun for mama though).

  6. Denise says

    Karen, can this be made up a day ahead? I am hoping to get as many dishes ready for tomorrow and would like to make this today and then warm it up tomorrow. I am like the rest on here and LOVE the streusel. I made the caramel sauce on Monday evening….I could eat it out of the jar!

    • says

      Hey Denise! Yeah, I think this is the perfect dessert to make ahead! I would just leave it in the counter overnight covered. then about 15-20 minutes before you want to eat it, put it in at 350 until it’s hot. Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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