Apple Crumble is The Perfect Fall Dessert

by Alli

Apple Crumble has a layer of spiced apples covered with a delicious crumble topping. 

What’s your favorite thing about fall? Pumpkins? Football? Colorful leaves?

For me, I’m all about those apples, including Apple Crumble and visiting my favorite apple picking farm, but that’s a whole different story for later. Apple Crumble is an easy dessert that’s best served warm with vanilla ice cream.


When it comes to apple desserts, I like them all. Give me an apple crisp, crumble, pie, cobbler, apple dumpling, baked apples, apple doughnuts, etc. and I’m a happy girl. What about apple pancakes? I’m all in! As you can tell, I love apples!

This apple crumble is perfect when you want to whip up an easy apple dessert without a whole lot of effort. Well, you do have to peel and slice the apples, but you know what I mean.

Whenever I bake an apple crumble or pie, I always use Granny Smith or Honey Crisp. These apples are firm and won’t get all mushy when baking. You don’t want your apples to be mushy.

Difference Between Apple Crumble and Apple Crisp

What’s the difference in an apple crumble and an apple crisp? It’s according to who you ask.

Taste of Home says, “A crumble is a dish of baked fresh fruit, with a streusel crumb topping. The topping is usually made with a dreamy combination of butter, flour, and sugar, with the option to include nuts. Like a crumble, a crisp is a baked fresh fruit dessert, but the streusel topping is less dense and typically includes oats.” I totally agree!

How To Make Apple Crumble

In a large bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add apples. Sprinkle with water and lemon juice. Toss until apples are evenly coated. Spoon into a lightly greased pie pan.

Combine apples, spices, lemon juice and water to make Apple Crumble

Dot with butter.

Apple Crumble - Dot with Butter

In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Stir in flour until smooth. Using a spoon, drop mixture over apples.

Drop Mixture Over Apple - Apple Crumble

Bake for 50-60 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Serve Apple Crumble warm with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Yield: 6-8 servings

Apple Crumble

Serve Apple Crumble warm with Vanilla Ice Cream

Apple Crumble is my favorite fall dessert. The apples are tender and the crumble adds the perfect crunch. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes



  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons butter


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add apples. Sprinkle with water and lemon juice. Toss until apples are evenly coated. Spoon into a lightly greased pie pan. Dot with butter.


  1. In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Stir in flour until smooth. Using a spoon, drop mixture over apples. Bake for 50-60 minutes.
  2. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 413Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 38mgSodium 121mgCarbohydrates 68gFiber 6gSugar 48gProtein 3g

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Apple Crumble is the perfect dessert on a cool, fall evening. It’s one of my favorite flavors of fall. What’s your favorite fall flavor?









robin rue September 17, 2018 - 6:30 am

That is similar to the apple crisp recipe that I make. We are going apple picking next weekend, so I will have to try this recipe in addition to mine 🙂

Amber Myers September 17, 2018 - 8:13 am

Oh yes, I do love this dessert. I’ve never tried to make it on my own though. I usually buy it already made. I’m sure it tastes so much better this way, but I’m lazy in the kitchen!

candy September 17, 2018 - 8:59 am

I just did an apple crumb so it must officially be apple season. So simple and easy to make. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and i am in my happy place.

1stopmom September 17, 2018 - 11:13 am

My husband is like you, he loves just about any dessert with apples in it. This is the perfect time to make this too. Plus your recipe is super easy and it looks delicious!

Melanie September 17, 2018 - 11:37 am

Apple desserts are some of my favorite. I will have to make this for an upcoming fall party that I have soon. It looks tasty!

Pam September 17, 2018 - 1:01 pm

We just got 25 pounds of apples from a local apple orchard. I need to make an apple crumble.

Trina September 17, 2018 - 2:22 pm

This looks absolutely delicious! We love apple recipes, especially in the fall so I will be trying this!

[email protected] September 17, 2018 - 4:03 pm

This apple crumble is just some all-American greatness right there. Served warm with vanilla ice cream, like you say, is just a match made in heaven. Your house must smell amazing when you cook this!

Sarah Bailey September 17, 2018 - 4:48 pm

Now you are right up my street with this – I hands up LOVE a good apple crumble! And they really are the perfect autumn dish!

Tasheena September 17, 2018 - 6:57 pm

I love apple recipes. This recipe looks delicious. Warm topped with ice cream. Yes, please!

Sara Welch September 17, 2018 - 9:26 pm

I sure would really enjoy some of this. Apple crumble hits all of the right spots.

Kita Bryant September 17, 2018 - 9:27 pm

Perfect fall recipe is right! The apples have never been more fresh!

Heather September 17, 2018 - 10:00 pm

I am with you on the warm apple pie and the ice cream! I don’t think there’s anything better in this world. I kinda like everything about fall but the sad thing about fall is it leads into winter and I am not a fan!

Catalina September 18, 2018 - 5:58 am

I love all kind fruit crumble. They are always delicious and so easy and quick to make! I need your to try your recipe!

Anosa Malanga September 18, 2018 - 9:33 am

Oh wow, who would not love to have a taste of this one? Good thing I was able to see your recipe. Been thinking of some new recipes to try on and this one is nice. Let’s see how will it turn out. Hopefully it will be as delicious as yours.

Samantha September 18, 2018 - 9:39 am

Love apple crumble! I definitely need to make this soon.

Peter September 19, 2018 - 11:46 am

I love the flavours of pumpkin, cranberry, mostly the earthy veggies.

Debra September 19, 2018 - 11:35 pm

Oh my word. This sounds like utter perfection! I am going to make this to enjoy this weekend!


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