Lemon Pecan Apple Crisp Recipe

I love the taste of apples and lemons together, and the added punch of lemon zest and the pecans gives this Lemon Pecan Apple Crisp a unique flavor.

This delicious and seasonal Lemon Pecan Apple Crisp recipe, comments, and photos were shared with my by Karen Calanchini, Food Stylist and Photographer, of Redding, CA.  Check out Karen’s Zesty Orange Pecan Apple Crisp.

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Lemon Pecan Apple Crisp


Lemon Pecan Apple Crisp Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Pecan Apple Crisp Recipe
  • 1 cup sugar, granulated, divided
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh-squeezed
  • Zest from 1 lemon, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 large tart apples, peeled and sliced*
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 3/4 cup flour, all-purpose
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted, softened
  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Butter a 9- by 13-inch baking dish.

  2. In a medium-size bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice, 1/2 of the lemon zest, water, vanilla extract, and cinnamon; whisk until all the sugar is dissolved.  Pour sugar mixture onto the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

  3. As you slice the apples, add the slices to the baking dish until all the apples are sliced.  Thoroughly combine the sliced apples and the sugar mixture.  Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the top of the mixture.

  4. In another bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, flour, salt, remaining lemon zest, and butter until the dough is crumbly; sprinkle over the top of the apple mixture.

  5. Bake approximately 40 to 50 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the apples are tender when pierced with a fork.  Remove from oven.

  6. Serve warm with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. 

Recipe Notes

* Choose cooking apples on the tart side, such as Granny Smith, Jonagold, or Macintosh apples.


Comments and Reviews

2 Responses to “Lemon Pecan Apple Crisp Recipe”

  1. Gail at Large

    I made a variation of the recipe last night and it turned out well, but I had to ignore this part — “1/4 cup pure vanilla extract” — and used about a tablespoon instead.

    Is this for real, a quarter cup of pure vanilla extract???

    • Nancy

      Thanks for catching that we are in the process of converting recipes. All fixed now. Thank you!


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