Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Kay Clarke
8 servings

Cinnamon-spiced pears bake under a crunchy streusel topping in this easy pear crisp. Assemble the dessert ahead of time, and put it in the oven when guests arrive. Or bake it earlier in the day and serve it at room temperature. Serve with low-fat vanilla ice cream.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

Combine pears and lemon juice in a 2-quart baking dish; toss gently to coat. Combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; stir with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture to pear mixture; toss well to coat.

Step 3

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until combined. Add chilled butter; pulse 6 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add oats and walnuts; pulse 2 times. Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over pear mixture.

Step 4

Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until pears are tender and topping is golden brown. Cool 20 minutes on a wire rack; serve warm or at room temperature.

Ratings & Reviews

PioneerGirl58's Review

October 31, 2012
We all loved this crisp. And thank you to the reviewer who suggested using coconut oil. It was great...and healthier. I must admit I use recipes as a guideline...except in baking. And crisps are so forgiving. I took a cup measure and put some almond meal, flax meal, oat flour, a smidge of regular flour and wheat germ, instead of just flour. Looking forward to leftovers tonight.


December 26, 2017
Fantastic for any fruit!! Loved the walnuts. I doubled the topping and added 4 extra tablespoons of butter.Will make it again for sure.


December 29, 2018
Made per recipe - no substitutions and this was easy and very yummy!

KarenPendleton's Review

March 15, 2012

Kloos6's Review

November 13, 2013
Simple to make and everyone loved it. It tasted like there was caramel sauce on it. A definite keeper.

LisaW123's Review

November 09, 2012

Twinkletoes's Review

October 26, 2011
This recipe is wonderful! The only change I make is that I use apples instead of pears. This was a big hit at Thanksgiving last year. It's like an apple pie without all the guilt. I highly recommend it.

laebrown's Review

June 20, 2010
The topping on this was absolutely fantastic, and if I had peeled the pears beforehand (my bad), this would most likely be a 5 star recipe. This also just doesn't compare to an apple crisp for me, but for those looking to mix it up a bit, this is a wonderful recipe. Bon appetit! :) :) :)

MrsH0507's Review

October 07, 2009
This recipe was very popular at our dinner party for 50. I have to declare that I did modify the recipe - I added 1 tsp of nutmeg because the cinnamon alone seemed too plain. I also didn't make the topping as prescribed - too much trouble when preparing enough food for 50. I crushed half a bag of gingersnaps and mixed with half a stick of melted butter for an easy, quick topping. Wonderful and the entire house smelled like fall!

cookinfabulous's Review

January 16, 2009
This was awesome! I topped with whipped cream. Fabulous!