Graham Cracker Apple Crisp

If I had to pick one and only one fall dessert that I’d eat forever, it would be Apple Crisp, hands-down.  It’s the quintessential autumnal comfort food with its warm spiced apples and crisp buttery topping.  It’s my go-to dessert when having friends over, or needing a quick family dessert.  Several years ago when I rounded up everything to make my favorite Apple Crisp Recipe one Sunday afternoon, I realized I was out of oats, which I usually include in my topping.  But sitting there on my pantry shelf was a box of graham crackers, which made me immediately think about how much I love a good graham cracker pie crust and I wondered if I should go that route instead.  One thing led to another, and I ended up mixing crushed graham cracker crumbs into the buttery, crumbly topping, and what resulted was the perfect marriage of two things I adored.

Graham Cracker Apple Crisp Recipe

The topping is simple, and includes graham cracker crumbs, a little flour, brown sugar, and butter. 

Graham Cracker Apple Crisp Recipe

If you’re a long-time follower of this blog, you know one of my go-to kitchen hacks is using a wide-holed cheese grater to grate cold butter into crumb toppings.  It makes it super easy to cut in!

Graham Cracker Apple Crisp Recipe

And you’ll also know how much I love my apple peeler/corer/slicer 

apple slicer peeler corer

Did these all in about 3 minutes so it’s pretty much the best thing ever.  Now you can use any apples you like in apple crisp.  I often use a mix as you can see here.  I like to throw in at least a few Granny Smith (and you can certainly use ALL green apples) to balance out all the sweetness.  If I’m using all of a sweet variety of apples, then I just decrease the sugar in the apple mix (not the topping) by a bit.  And if I’m using ALL green apples, I usually increase it.  My recipe is written assuming you’ll be using a mix.  

apple slicer peeler corer

The apples get tossed with the aforementioned brown sugar, a little flour to thicken the juices, and spices of course.  Guys you can totally adjust and improvise here, apple crisp is one of those things you can’t really mess up!

Graham Cracker Apple Crisp Recipe

As it bakes, the apples become tender and that topping becomes crisp and crumbly on the outside and kind of soft and buttery on the side by the apples. I like to take it out when the apples still have a little bit of bite to them, so not completely turned to mush, but that’s personal preference.

Graham Cracker apple crisp

However one thing that is 100% required is vanilla ice cream.  Never eat apple crisp without vanilla ice cream.  Ever.

Graham Cracker Apple Crisp Recipe

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Graham Cracker Apple Crisp

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 35 Total Time 15 mins
Serves 8-10     adjust servings

Warm spiced apples are topped with a buttery, graham cracker topping and baked to perfection.  The quintessential fall dessert!

Ingredients

For the Topping

  • 2 full sleeves Graham Crackers, 2.5-2.75 cups crumbs
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, diced or grated

For the Apples

  • 8-10 apples, I use half green and half red
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

For Serving

  • Vanilla Ice Cream

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

For the topping: Combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl and whisk together.  Either cut butter into chunks or use a large-hole cheese grater to grate it into the dry mixture.  Use hands or pastry cutter to combine until crumbly.  Set aside.

For apples, core, peel, and slice or dice apples.  Toss them with flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and spread out in a 9x13 baking dish.  Sprinkle topping evenly on top. 

Bake for about 35 minutes, until apples are tender and crumbly is golden brown.  Cool down a little and then serve warm over vanilla ice cream.

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Recipe Notes

If using all tart, green apples, increase brown sugar in filling by 4 tablespoons.  

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17 comments

  1. I’m going to say about 12 things here – most of them don’t matter…I’d like to try this with maybe 50/50 graham crackers and oats – best of both worlds. I’ll let you know how that turns out. Also, when I make apple crisp, I always just sort of eyeball the sugar – toss it together and give an apple a taste. That’s how I judge if the sugar is correct. Third thing – I’ll stop short of 12 – I made the cinnamon chip bar things from your website last night, and the middle ones were just a little too warm still when I cut and transferred them and the bottoms fell apart. Never fear! I crumbled that butter/graham cracker mixture on top of some vanilla ice cream! Delicious! I was thinking “I should just make the butter graham cracker part and bake it to crumble on ice cream” – this is even better though because the apples make it healthy!

    1. Let me know what you end up using for measurements because I thought the same thing. 50/50 Graham cracker and oats. Let me know if it works out if you try it!

  2. I am so excited to try this! I have home canned apple slices that will work perfectly for this recipe! I am going to make small pans to deliver to Home / Visiting teaching families! Thank you Sara!!!

  3. This look so good! My husband doesn’t like cooked apples (what is wrong with him???) so I never take the time to make apple pie. But I might make this for Thanksgiving since I know I can handle the difficulty level of sprinkling something on top of the apples. I have traumatic experiences with pie crusts and have sworn them off. But I think this graham cracker topping looks even better than a pie crust.

  4. The whole family loved this recipe, even my husband who hates any dessert with cooked fruit! I didn’t have enough graham crackers on hand, so I did half graham cracker, half oats and it turned out great. I also drizzled a little boiled cider on it to bring out the apple flavor. If you haven’t tried boiled cider, it is basically apple cider that’s been reduced to a syrup, yum! Thanks Sara, this is my new apple crisp recipe!!

  5. Oh YUM. Why didn’t I think of this before ?? Brilliant idea! And yes like you, apple crisp is my favorite Fall dessert, too. What’s better then apples in sugary/cinnamony goodness? I don’t think there is anything better! Lol Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  6. I couldn’t stop thinking about this after I saw it posted, so I finally made it last week when I was home visiting my parents. It was devoured and loved. And then I just kept on daydreaming about it, so I made it again today (four days later). I liked the suggestions of half graham crackers and half oats in the comments above – best of both worlds. I also halved the sugar in the apple mixture and it was so fantastic.

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