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Award Winning Apple Crisp Recipe

Award Winning Apple Crisp Recipe
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This award winning apple crisp recipe has been in my recipe book for over 40 years! One of my visits to the Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol during high school (Yes, that was more than 40 years ago.) yielded this recipe. This was the blue ribbon winner of apple desserts that year, and I have made it many, many times over the decades.

Fall brings apple harvest time. I teach at a school where the students planted and apple orchard almost 20 years ago. Last week my second graders and I went out to pick apples. Each student had a lunch sized bag to fill and take home. They also helped fill a larger bag for me as I have some baking to do for the faculty and staff at our school.

With so many apples, I may be sharing even more apple recipes with you. Today I am sharing this award winning apple crisp recipe from the Gravenstein Apple Fair. While the recipe was intended for Gravenstein apples, I used the variety of apples from our school orchard. Gravenstein are perfect for baking – they are crisp and tart with a touch of sweetness. Other apples that are great for baking include Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, and Braeburn. So many delicious apples to enjoy!

So dang delicious! Apples and cinnamon – yum! The whole house smells delicious with this apple crisp in the oven. Fall has finally arrived!

Award Winning Apple Crisp Recipe


  • About 8 cups pared and sliced apples
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus some to sprinkle on top)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  3. toss sugar mixture with pared and sliced apples until apples are well coated.
  4. Spread apples in an 8×12 baking dish.
  5. Combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder and salt in mixing bowl.
  6. Add egg and mix until crumbly.
  7. Sprinkle flour mixture over apples
  8. Pour butter over all.
  9. Sprinkle with cinnamon
  10. Bake until apples are tender and top is golden brown.

Enjoy! Sometimes I will top it wit a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But this time it was simply all about the apples.

Award Winning Apple Crisp Recipe

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