A fun twist on the standard apple crisp, this apple crisp with ginger is going to delight your taste buds and have you coming back for more and more!

Close up image of apple crisp with ginger, an easy recipe that's perfect for fall. Ice cream with cinnamon is on top.

Fruit crisps are my absolute favorite desserts. Creme Brulee is a close second, but if you made me choose between a good apple crisp or a slice of cake for dessert? It would be an easy choice for the crisp, every single time. Make me choose between pumpkin and apple for what I look forward to when fall begins? Always apple. Well, I do like pumpkin pie, but still…apple crisp for the win. 

image of dish of apple crisp, topped with three scoops of vanilla ice cream, sprinkled with ground cinnamon.

I grew up eating apple crisp. It felt like it was always a go-to for my mom, likely because we all loved it so much. In my mind, there isn’t anything much better than warm apple crisp with a scoop of melty vanilla ice cream on top. Another bonus of apple crisp is that I can eat it for breakfast the next day and still feel pretty good about it. Have you tried apple crisp with a spoonful of yogurt on top? It’s so good…I highly recommend it. 

I love apple crisp so much, I even turn it into other things, like these apple crisp breakfast cookies (yesssss, breakfast cookies) or this apple crisp granola.

A fun twist on the standard apple crisp, this apple crisp with ginger is going to delight your taste buds and have you coming back for more and more!

About this Apple Crisp with Ginger

Yup, with ginger! This is a fun twist on traditional apple crisp that keeps it true to its authentic character, but tells the eater immediately that this isn’t your basic apple crisp. (Again, no disrespect to basic apple crisp; I think we’ve already established that I’m a fan.) 

This recipe uses fresh ginger which packs a flavor punch; you don’t have to use much of it to taste it. The crisp topping is perfectly….crispy, for lack of a better word. 

I don’t know about you, but I like my crisps heavy on the topping. I think it’s the best part! This recipe does not disappoint. 

Image of ginger apple crisp recipe. Topped with ice cream.

Which apples are best for baking?

A question I get asked a lot is which apples are best for baked desserts, like this crisp. There are so many varieties of apples available, especially in the fall, and you want to choose just the right apple for your delectable crisp or pie. 

You want apples that keep their shape somewhat and which won’t turn into apple mush in your baked dessert. I used Honeycrisp apples for this crisp and they were perfect. They had just the right balance of sweetness and tartness and, as you can see from the photos, kept their shape perfectly without being too hard or crunchy. Some other varieties I would recommend are: Granny Smith, Jonagold, Braeburn, and Mutsu. These apples all have lots of flavor and won’t turn to applesauce when baked.


Love fruit desserts as much as I do? 
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Apple Crisp with Ginger

Apple Crisp with Ginger

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

A fun twist on the standard apple crisp, this apple crisp with ginger is going to delight your taste buds and have you coming back for more and more!



  • 6 cups chopped apples (about 6 medium sized apples)
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (zest the lemon before juicing!)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Crisp Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (quick or old-fashioned, not steel-cut)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (use already ground if you have to)
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 10 by 8 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside. 
    2. In a large bowl, mix ginger root, lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon. Add apple chunks and mix thoroughly. Make sure the zest and ginger root are distributed equally throughout the apples. Put into baking dish. 
    3. In the same bowl that you used for the apple mixture, mix flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Add the softened butter, and use two knives held together in your hand (or a pastry cutter or fork) to cut the butter into the dry ingredients. The mixture should hold together in large clumps. 
    4. Using a large spoon or your hand, sprinkle the crisp topping over the apple mixture. Put into preheated oven and bake 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until apples are soft and crisp is lightly browned on top. Cool slightly, and serve warm with ice cream, if desired.


    • I didn’t peel the apples because I like the heartier texture in the crisp but feel free to peel your apples before chopping them, if you prefer.
    • I used Honeycrisp apples. Some other apple varieties that would be perfect are Jonagold, Mutsu, Braeburn, or Granny Smith.
    • Keep in mind that freshly ground nutmeg has a stronger flavor than the already ground, and adjust the amount according to taste.
    • Ginger flavor slightly intensifies in leftover crisp.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 4gSugar: 40gProtein: 2g
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Verdict: It’s slightly embarrassing to admit how much of this I eat every time I make it. 
Husband’s take: You all know Ben is a total traditionalist, so he’d probably prefer this without ginger, but he still eats it without complaints.
Changes I would make: None at all!
Difficulty: Easy! Especially if you leave those apple peels on like I do.