Have you ever wondered about the difference between an apple pie and an apple crisp? We know that they’re both best when served warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, but what sets them apart from each other? As it turns out, you’re not alone in wondering this. We did a little digging to find the main difference between these two desserts.

Turns out, the main difference is pretty subtle. After all, both desserts generally include some combination of apples, sugar, butter, and cinnamon. In this situation, it’s not on the inside that counts.

Crust or Crumble?

Crust or crumble…that’s what the main difference between apple pie and apple crisp comes down to. A traditional apple pie features a buttery, flaky crust encasing the apple filling. Apple crisps, on the other hand, have a crunchy, crumbly coating on top (and nothing on the bottom).

Check out our recommendations for the best apples to use in apple pie. We’re sure they’re just as good in apple crisp!

What about Cobbler?

There are so many similar desserts! Cobbler is closer to a pie than a crisp; it differs in that it doesn’t typically have a bottom crust, just a top one.

So are you team apple pie or team apple crisp? Or cobbler? No matter where you land, we think there’s one thing we can all agree on: you can’t go wrong with an apple dessert!