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Apple crisp

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
15 min
1 hr 15 min
This dessert was devoured at our last recipe tasting. The combination of fresh apples, brown sugar, butter, and ground cinnamon and nutmeg is simply irresistible. You'll find yourself making it over and over again whenever you hit the apple orchard in the fall, and it will be something you look forward to enjoying whenever the weather starts to turn. This crisp is great warm or cold, and even better with a scoop of light vanilla ice cream on the side. You can also use any type of apples in this recipe. Try your favorite or a combination of several different ones.


Fresh apple(s)

4 large, peeled, cored, cut into 1/8-inch slices (6 cups sliced apples)

Fresh lemon juice

2 tsp

Packed light brown sugar

¾ cup(s), divided


6 tsp, or other brand

Ground cinnamon

1 tsp

Ground nutmeg

¼ tsp, or freshly grated nutmeg (fresh preferred)

All-purpose flour

½ cup(s)

Regular butter

4 Tbsp, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Place rack in bottom third to middle of oven.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together apple slices, lemon juice, 1/4 cup sugar, tapioca, cinnamon and nutmeg; let stand for about 30 minutes.
  3. Spoon apple mixture into an ungreased 9-inch square baking dish, or glass or ceramic pie plate; cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, to make topping, in a small bowl, combine flour with remaining 1/2 cup of sugar; mix until completely blended. Add melted butter; work in thoroughly with fingertips.
  5. After pie has baked for 30 minutes, remove from oven and discard foil. Sprinkle topping over apples and bake, uncovered, until apples bubble and topping turns golden, about 35 to 45 minutes. Cool at least 2 hours before serving. Slice into 8 pieces and serve. Yields 1 slice per serving.