Sheet Pan Apple Crisp


Fresh, sweet apples are the star of this decadent dessert.

Hands On Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
10 serves

Need a dessert recipe that is simple to make but tasty enough to impress? Bookmark this easy apple crisp recipe for a classic dessert that is big enough to feed a crowd. While the recipe calls for fresh Gala apples, you can use other pie-friendly apples, like Braeburns, Honeycrisps, or Pink Ladies.

The best part of this dish just might be the crispy browned edges. To get these perfectly golden corners, this recipe uses a sheet pan instead of the typical glass baking dish. Also, the dessert can be made a day ahead. Just cover and chill it after baking, then gently reheat in a low oven, and serve warm with a scoop of homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, divided, plus more for baking sheet

  • 8 apples (such as Gala), peeled, cored, and sliced (11 cups)

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)

  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a large, rimmed baking sheet with butter. Microwave 4 tablespoons butter in a microwave-safe bowl on high until melted, 30 to 45 seconds. (Alternatively, melt butter in a saucepan over low.)

  2. Toss together apples and lemon juice on prepared baking sheet; drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle with ½ cup sugar and ¼ teaspoon salt and toss until well combined and thoroughly coated. Spread mixture in an even layer.

  3. Cut remaining 12 tablespoons butter into ½-inch pieces. Toss together oats, flour, cinnamon, cardamom, and remaining ½ cup sugar and ½ teaspoon salt in a large bowl until well combined.

  4. Add butter pieces; using your fingertips, rub butter into oat mixture until moist clumps form and no dry bits of flour remain. Scatter evenly over apples on baking sheet.

  5. Bake until topping is golden and crisp, 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Scoop and serve with ice cream, if desired.

    Sheet Pan Apple Crisp Recipe
    Caitlin Bensel
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