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Apple Crisp (Great Recipe to Make with Your Kid)

This apple crisp recipe is delicious. Sweet, tart, tender, juicy spiced apples topped with an abundance of buttery, oaty, crunchy crisp. I mean really, what more can you ask for? Plus, it proved to be a pretty good recipe to make with my 3-year-old son, and any quality time spent with him that doesn’t involve some type of screen this winter is a bonus. (Less mom guilt, yay!)


Peel, core, and dice 4-5 large apples. (Or peel, core, and slice apples, then hand over to your child to cut a few more times with a butter knife.) Tart Granny Smith apples work great for this, but my whole purpose in making apple crisp was to help use up a bag of sweet Red Delicious apples someone had given us, so I made those work. Place apples in 8×8 baking dish.


Over apples dump 1/4 cup white sugar (if using Granny Smith, closer to 1/2 cup), 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and dash or two of nutmeg. Stir until all the apples are uniformly coated.

Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice into 1/4 cup apple juice (or water). Pour evenly over apples.

At this point, Desmond threw a tantrum, went to his room for a few minutes, came out with all clothes removed but once again happy. We continued with our apple crisp naked, of course (him, not me).


In a medium size bowl, combine 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 tsp salt. Cut in 6 tablespoons cold butter with pastry cutter or fork or hands (definitely hands if you’re doing this with your child!) until large clumps form. Crumble evenly over apple mixture.


Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until bubbling around the edges and topping is golden brown and utter perfection.


Uh, yum. Enjoy! (Recipe adapted from this recipe on

2 thoughts on “Apple Crisp (Great Recipe to Make with Your Kid)”

    1. Haha, I agree. I am all about making the foods I like, whenever I want them! Who cares if something is typically considered fall/winter food?? It tastes good in the spring and summer too! 😛

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