4 medium tart cooking apples, peeled and sliced (4 cups)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oats (quick or old fashioned)
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened slightly
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, plus extra
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
Ice Cream or Cream, if desired
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of an 8 inch square pan with shortening. Spread apples in the pan. Sprinkle apples vanilla and extra cinnamon. In a medium bowl, cut butter into remaining ingredients (except ice cream) until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with ice cream.
I usually double the recipe for the topping and fill a 9x13 pan with apples to make a larger batch.