Every time I go to the grocery store, I think the same thing.

  “Jonna . . . you ding bat, why don’t you ever make yourself a grocery list!” 

Seriously, I can’t seem to get in that habit.  I simply think my brain will remember the items I need.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t go completely clueless, I mentally check the fridge and cupboards before I go.  Once upon a time this really worked for me, but it has now failed me.  I always buy FRUIT . . . lots of fruit.  I neglected to look in the fruit bin, and it was already full of apples. Oh CRAP . . .  I knew I’d get the LECTURE!

What lecture? 

 The lecture I’d get from my good husband, who thinks I buy way too much food, clothes and everything else.  

“Fix it up, Wear it out, make do, or do without!” 

That lecture. 

The kids and I have heard this lecture . . . more times than we can count.

 I had to do something with all the apples, and fast.  I have a favorite Apple Crisp recipe, but I’m always trying new recipes.  My mind kept going back and forth. Should I make the one I already knew that he would help me eat, or try something new. If I tried the “new” I’d be taking the risk that I’d be eating an entire pan of Apple Crisp by myself.   I had to compromise just a bit.  It really is surprising just how different one Apple Crisp is from the other. 

 See . . . this is what I made with those Apples, and it’s really good.

This recipe is called Granny’s Apple Crisp, and it’s in the Worldwide Ward Cookbook.  I followed the apple filling part to the T, but used the Crumbly topping that my husband likes.  You see, I really like the Oatmeal Brown Sugar type of crumbly top, but my husband prefers this Shortbread type crumbly top, because it’s not quite so sweet.  It is also really delicious.  So……I’m going to share with you the original Granny’s Apple Crisp recipe, and also share with you the alternative Crumble for the top.  Trust me either way, your Apple Crisp will be quite delicious.  It’s my new favorite.

This crumble is the Shortbread type crumble and it’s really yummy!

In fact it’s really difficult not to pick all the crumbs off the top . . . before you actually serve it.


*2  different variations for the Crumble Top

You will need:

10-12 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced

3 Tbsp. all purpose flour

1 Cup White Sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice


3 Cups all purpose flour

1 Cup. oatmeal

1 Cup packed Brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 Cup Butter, melted


Place the apples in a large mixing bowl.  Stir in the 3 Tbsp. flour, white sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice until the apples are thoroughly coated.  Pour apple mixture into  a 9×13 inch baking dish.  Set aside.  Stir together the 3 Cups flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Add the melted butter and stir until the mixture is completely incorporated.  Crumble the topping mixture over the apples and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until topping is golden brown and the apples are tender.  Serve with ice cream, and drizzle with caramel topping if desired. 

*This is the Crumble topping that I used in the pictures above.


(1 recipe is plenty for a 9×13 inch pan)

1 Cup flour

1 Cup white Sugar

1/3 Cup Butter, softened


Mix the flour and the sugar together in a medium sized bowl.  Add the softened butter, and with a fork mix together until combined.  (I soften my butter in the microwave.  It’s very soft, but not completely melted).  Note:  I grab a handful of the crumble and press it together tightly in my hand.  Then break off large chunks over the top of the apple mixture.  The crumble stays crispy when you leave it in larger chunks.   YUM!

  • Rosa - 05/19/2010 - 3:22 pm

    Mmmhhh, crisps are scrumptious! Yours looks very tempting!



  • Kathy @ The Sugar Queen - 05/19/2010 - 4:13 pm

    That looks scrumptious, especially with the caramel drizzled over!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - 05/19/2010 - 7:49 pm

    I love your recipes.What kind of flour?Is it plain or self rising?ReplyCancel

  • ingrid - 05/19/2010 - 9:25 pm

    Both toppings sound equally delicious but I am partial to oatmeal.

    Mr. Get Off Your Butt and Bake be nice to Jonna! She tries and makes you all kinds of yummilicious food. 🙂

  • Natalie - 05/21/2010 - 6:40 am

    Oh wow this looks so good, I love the look of the ice cream melting on top as well! Yummy!!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - 05/21/2010 - 9:10 am

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  • Pam - 05/22/2010 - 6:39 am

    This sounds and looks absolutely delicious!!! And just wish I had some now! If it helps any, I always take a list and still can mess up the shopping!ReplyCancel

  • Amberdawn - 05/23/2010 - 8:21 pm

    We had this for dessert tonight! It was SO good. We used the crumbly topping and it was perfect. For dinner we had Creamy Cheesy Potatoes. My five year old son said that it was, “the best dinner ever!” Thanks for the recipes for some new family favorites!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - 05/24/2010 - 7:39 am

    This is really scrumptious looking. I found your blog by happy chance. I had planned only to say hello and then move on. I started to read your earlier posts and stayed far longer than I had intended. I love your recipes and will visit as often as I can. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…MaryReplyCancel

  • Julia - 05/24/2010 - 5:18 pm

    I really NEED to make an apple crisp. For the past 3 weeks I have been craving one. This looks like perfection in my mouth!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - 05/25/2010 - 4:38 am

    I know exactly what you mean. I get into a store like Whole Foods and my cart fills slowly up. Hard for us foodies not to be tempted.
    I certainly am by your apple crisp. And the caramel dripping all over it is making my mouth water!ReplyCancel

  • Leila Dali - 11/15/2011 - 7:44 pm

    I’m making this right now!!! It’s in the oven and I had been looking for so long for an Apple Crumble Pie recipe for awhile. And TADA, I found your site and YUMMO!! I can’t wait to eat that Apple Crumble Pie.

    I love how you are spreading such goodness and sweetness into the world. Thank you for shining into our lives!! =D And to think that this shining can reach more people through the World Wide Web! You are blessing me. THANK YOU!! =D GOD BLESS YOU BACK!!! =DReplyCancel

  • Melissa - 10/20/2012 - 10:03 am

    Do you bake your crumble version at the same temp for the same time or does it defer?ReplyCancel

  • Linda Bonnell - 02/06/2014 - 12:32 pm

    I’ve got this in the oven right now! I’ll let you know how we like it! Thanks for all your effort on this site!ReplyCancel