An apple theme is not complete without tasting apples. This old fashioned apple crisp is an easy recipe that kids can make in no time and it's delish!

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe

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This old fashioned apple crisp is an easy recipe that kids can make in no time and it’s delish! It’s an old fashioned dessert that grandma would be proud of!

old fashioned apple crisp serving on a plate with a scoop of ice cream

At Little Sprouts we’ve been exploring apples for the last few weeks.  Each family brought a couple of apples a while back and we used them for sorting, counting, color recognition, and all kinds of math activities.

We also did a taste comparison with the different kinds of apples and charted our results.  As our apple discovery is winding down, we used the rest of our apples to make an old fashioned apple crisp pie.

Even though someone recently called me psychotic for letting the kids cut apples, I again gave them butter knives to cut the apples into pieces.  No toddlers were harmed in the making of this recipe!

Kids can saw back and forth with the butter knife and work them through the apples bit by bit. Also, you can slice the apples in thick slices and let the kids break them into pieces if they like. Any fine motor activity is good for kids. It doesn’t matter if the apples are perfect. They still taste great in this old-fashioned apple crisp.

This easy apple crisp recipe for kids takes no time at all to throw together once you have the apples cut. Then you just toss it in the oven and wait. There’s no work there either. It comes out bubbly and thick. The whole house smells like the taste of home old-fashioned apple crisp.

I love making any fruit crisps because they go together in just a few minutes. Easy, delicious, and fun.

First, I set out apples that had been peeled and sliced off the core in large chunks. I let the kids slice the apples into slices for the apple crisp.

kids cutting chunks of apples with a butter knife at the table
young child cutting apples into chunks with a butter knife
toddlers cutting apples at the table to make an apple crisp


After all the apples were cut up, the kids placed them in our bowl.

apple pie making at the table with kids

Next, we mixed sugar and flour with the apples for the filling of the crisp.  We use raw sugar in our recipes, that’s why the sugar is brown.

Old fashioned apple crisp recipe being made by young children, child pouring sugar into apples
stirring apple pie

apple crisp filling

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After the apples were coated and poured into the baking dish, we mixed the crumble topping in the same bowl. On a side note, you could add some cinnamon or pie spices to this mix. I do not because I am allergic to cinnamon, even the smell.

The kids LOVE cooking anything. They loved using the apples they brought from home for our lesson plans to make all kinds of different things to learn from and eat.

crumble topping for apple crisp recipe

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For the crumble topping, we mixed old-fashioned rolled oats, whole wheat flour, and butter together and poured it on top of the fruit mixture.

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe
butter for crisp topping
stirring apple crisp topping
cooking with kids apple crisp

cooking apple crisp with kids

apple crisp ready to go into the oven

After we baked our taste of home Old Fashioned Apple Crisp recipe, we enjoyed it with lunch. Kids LOVE cooking and they LOVE eating things they cooked themselves.

Apple crisp pie

young child cutting apples into chunks with a butter knife
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Old Fashioned Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Topping

Crust-less apple pie with crumb topping.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crisp, oatmeal topping, old fashioned apple crisp
Servings: 8
Author: Christina Kamp


For filling

  • 7 assorted apples
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 2 T. whole wheat flour

For topping

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter cut into small cubes


  • Slice apples into small pieces. Add sugar and flour and mix well.
  • Pour into deep baking dish.
  • Mix oats, flour, sugar, and butter until butter is fully coated.
  • Pour topping over apple mixture.
  • Bake at 375 for at least an hour or until apple filling is bubbly and top is browned.

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Cooking with kids gives them tons of benefits and it’s fun. I like the keep the kids busy so they don’t keep me busy and planning fun things that they can do helps make my day go smoother. And making something they can eat is a bonus. This easy apple crisp recipe for kids fits the bill!

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  1. We make something similar all the time. Although I have to admit I think I love it more than the kids 🙂