Juicy pears in a cinnamon-sugar sauce are tucked under a sweet and crunchy pecan-oat topping for this easy Pear Crisp dessert. Fresh or canned pears can be used for a convenient year-round treat!
If you like this pear crisp, you’ll love our Apple Cranberry Crisp, too!
Fall seems to be all about apple pie filling, cranberry sauce, roasted squash, and baked sweet potatoes. But don’t forget about beautiful ripe pears! Let this Easy Pear Crisp recipe be a friendly reminder.
This wonderful easy dessert comes from The Weeknight Dessert Cookbook via my friend Mary at Barefeet In The Kitchen. It’s filled with 80 irresistible and hassle-free desserts requiring only 10 or so minutes of prep. Perfect for people like me who have an insatiable sweet tooth, but not a lot of time!
What is a Crisp?
A crisp is a type of baked dessert, which includes fruit and a streusel-like crispy topping, thus the name. The topping usually consists of butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes nuts.
It’s similar to a crumble, except crisps traditionally contain oats and crumbles don’t. Although as time has gone by, crumble and crisp are now used pretty interchangeably.
The cookbook recipe has the ingredients for this dessert divided and baked in four ramekins for individual servings, but one of the footnotes was to convert it into an 8×8 baking dish. I went that route, making it even easier! Either way, so simple and delicious.
Pear Crisp Recipe
Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Pears: Ripe pears are the star in this dessert. You want them ripe, but not too soft or you’ll end up with mush after it bakes.
- Lemon juice: To balance out the naturally sweet and sour fruit.
- Brown sugar: For sweetness and slight hint of molasses.
- Corn starch: Used to thicken the liquid that’s formed while baking.
- Apple Pie Spice: We love our homemade apple pie spice for fall baking, which adds homey aromatic smells and flavor. Use store-bought or just plain cinnamon, if preferred.
- Vanilla: For added flavor.
- Kosher salt: For taste.
- Crisp topping: Old fashioned oats, flour, brown sugar, chopped pecans, and unsalted butter.
Best Type of Pear to Use
My personal favorite pears to use in this crisp dessert are Green Anjou, Bartlett, and Bosc. But I really believe any pear would work well, so choose the pear you enjoy eating on its own. You want the fruit to be ripe, but not too soft or you’ll end up with mush after it bakes. Check out this list of all the pear varieties.
Canned Pears Work, Too!
How to Make Pear Crisp
This is truly one of the easiest desserts. Just mix, dump, and bake.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for complete details and watch the video.)
- Make the filling: Toss all the filling ingredients together, then transfer to a greased square baking dish.
- Make the topping: Mix all of the topping ingredients together and sprinkle over the pears.
- Bake: Transfer to the oven and bake until the pears are tender and the crust is golden.
- Serve: Enjoy warm or room temperature with some vanilla ice cream!
Allow any leftovers to cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container (or cover the baking dish tightly) and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Briefly reheat the crisp in a microwave, in a microwave safe bowl until warmed through.
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Easy Pear Crisp
For the Filling
- 3 ripe pears , sliced thin into bite-sized pieces
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
For the Topping
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
- vanilla ice cream , for serving, optional
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl toss all of the filling ingredients together until combined. Transfer to the baking dish.
- In a medium bowl, stir all the topping ingredients together until combined.
- Evenly sprinkle the topping over the pears.
- Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until the pears are tender and crust is golden.
- Serve warm or room temperature with some vanilla ice cream!