Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Apple Crisp

This brown butter vanilla bean apple crisp is the perfect addition to your fall dessert menu. Made with delicious fresh apples, tons of vanilla bean paste and crumbly crisp topping, you’ll love this! 

This brown butter vanilla bean apple crisp is the perfect addition to your fall dessert menu. Made with delicious fresh apples, tons of vanilla bean paste and crumbly crisp topping, you'll love this! 

Oh heyyyyyyy, it’s apple season! I know. The second it turns September and us crazy bloggers go straight into fall apple and pumpkin mode. We can’t help it. It’s in our nature. But, really can you blame us? I wait all year long for it to be apple season. I also wait all year long for fall because it’s gorgeous, it’s hoodie/flip-flop weather, AND I get to wear sweaters so I can hide all those extra pounds I put on by eating “comfort” food.

Double plus for this recipe because it contains vanilla bean paste my most favorite thing on the planet earth. I know, I won’t shut up about it. If you haven’t bought some yet you really need too. I literally put it in everything. In fact, I rarely even use vanilla extract anymore because vanilla beans take everything to the next level.

Oh, and don’t forget the brown butter. That’s total next level.

This brown butter vanilla bean apple crisp is the perfect addition to your fall dessert menu. Made with delicious fresh apples, tons of vanilla bean paste and crumbly crisp topping, you'll love this! 

Now, the first thing you should know is that I made this brown butter vanilla bean apple crisp recipe back in 2011 and decided it needed a little refresh. You’ll see that I do that a lot because back in 2011 I barely had any readers. Now it’s 2018 and I just a fewwwwww more readers.

Good news for me but it also means that a lot of you have no idea what I was doing back in 2011. So, I’m sharing it again! But, obviously, I updated the post content and gave you new pictures. Trust me, these pictures show the beauty of this recipe WAY better than the old ones.

This brown butter vanilla bean apple crisp is the perfect addition to your fall dessert menu. Made with delicious fresh apples, tons of vanilla bean paste and crumbly crisp topping, you'll love this! 

And I was really craving apple crisp so redoing this recipe gave me an excuse to make this brown butter vanilla bean apple crisp that felt somewhat legit. I mean, a craving is legit but we all know I do not need to be eating apple crisp on a random Tuesday.

Wanna know why?

Well, the answer is because I’ll make this crisp. Then I’ll take a bite of this crisp. Then another bite. And then another.

Basically, I’ll eat the whole freaking crisp and share nothing with Art because I cannot be trusted with warm baked goods and I’m rude.

This brown butter vanilla bean apple crisp is the perfect addition to your fall dessert menu. Made with delicious fresh apples, tons of vanilla bean paste and crumbly crisp topping, you'll love this! 

However, I sacrificed and made the crisp. And I ate the crisp. But it’s ok. Now you can make this brown butter vanilla bean crisp and jump right into the fall spirit with me.

DOOOOOO IT!

Looking for more delicious crisp recipes? Try my caramel apple crisp pizza, double berry apple crisp, vanilla sugar peach crisp, frozen cherry crisp, strawberry rhubarb crisp, pear crisp with vanilla brown butter or my slow cooker fruit crisp. Also, give my blogger friends recipes a try – Paleo vegan apple crisp, peach crisp or this delicious double crust cherry crisp

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Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Apple Crisp

This brown butter vanilla bean apple crisp is the perfect addition to your fall dessert menu. Made with delicious fresh apples, tons of vanilla bean paste and crumbly crisp topping, you'll love this! 

Yield: 8x8 pan

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

For Filling:

  • 5 baking apples, peeled, cored and cubed (about 6 cups)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

For Topping:

  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

For filling:

Preheat oven 350 degrees and set aside an 8x8 baking dish.

Mix together the apples, brown sugar, vanilla bean paste, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the mixture to your 8x8 dish.

Top with topping and bake for 35-35 minutes.

For topping:

Add butter to a small light colored skillet and melt over medium heat. Stir or swirl the pan frequently. (Using a light colored pan helps to be able to see the color of the flecks in the browned butter.)

Once the butter is melted it will start to foam and then subside. You will see small flecks at the bottom of the pan. When they have reached light brown and the butter smells nutty it is ready.

Browned butter can burn very flip-flop so if the flecks turn black you will have to throw it out and start over.

Once your butter is ready, take it off the heat and let it slightly cool.

In a medium sized mixing bowl add flour, rolled oats, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Pour the butter over the mixture and stir to combine. The mixture will look crumbly and the mixture should be evenly incorporated.

33 Responses to “Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Apple Crisp”

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    BigFatBaker — December 1, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Omg this looks so good. And yes you are so right, vanilla is amazing! I love the crisp topping too. That is my favorite of all fruit dessert toppings. I can’t wait to go to the store to get some apples!

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    Taylor — December 1, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I love the addition of vanilla bean paste…I ran out of mine a few weeks ago and badly need to buy another jar! This apple crisp looks awesome…I’d like a bowl for breakfast right now!

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    Erica — December 1, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Yummmmm! I love crisp-my favorite dessert dessert

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    Shannon — December 1, 2011 at 9:34 am

    lovely addition to apple crisp 🙂 ironically i just posted a version as well, with rosemary and honey!

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    Heavenly Housewife — December 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

    What a delicious and comforting pudding, I’ll bet it is positively sumptuous!
    *kisses* HH

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 1, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Your lucky hairdresser! She probably has her fingers crossed that you’ll miss more appointments!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — December 1, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Uhhh, yum. I swoon for crumbly toppings!!

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    Erin — December 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Wow! I’ve always wanted to try vanilla bean paste, this sounds wonderful!

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    Faith — December 1, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Nice choice — vanilla and apple are a fantastic combo! Such a sweet gift too!

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    Joanne — December 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I would totally cut your hair in exchange for this crisp. (Not that you’d want me to.)

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    Laura — December 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Hello,
    I’m interested in joining the Holiday Recipe Club. Thanks so much for your consideration!
    Sincerely,
    Laura

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    Veronica Miller — December 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    It looks so good-I totally would have forgiven you for much worse if you brought this to me!

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    Dana — December 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    no wonder your hairdresser forgave you… who could resist this delicious looking crisp!??

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    Jessie — December 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    This sounds so good!

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    EmandM — December 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    This looks AMAZING. I wish I could eat apple crisp everyday of my life

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — December 1, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I may be slightly obsessed with vanilla as well, in fact for the longest time my favorite perfume was a vanilla scented one!

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    grace — December 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

    what a nice gesture–i’m sure your hairdresser loved it (and hopes you postpone future appointments too!). 🙂

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    Deborah — December 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I think I need to get my hands on some vanilla paste. This looks amazing!!

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    Julia — December 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Oh I LOVE vanilla, love love love it. I think I’m the only girl who doesn’t have a hair dresser. I should get one, so I’ll have yet another person to deliver treats too.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 3, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Okay you realize you’re torturing me a bit by posting this right? Apple season is nearly over it seems and now I’m going to be craving crisps and pies again!! 🙂

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    belle (tinkeringinthekitchen) — December 4, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Just come across this on Foodbuzz, Im so glad! Im just going to grab a coffee and sit down for some sunday morning reading!

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    Barbara — December 5, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I’m a convert to vanilla bean paste too. It’s all I use now. This looks like a great crumble!

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    natasha.price@gmail.com — December 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Scrumptious crisp, so perfect with apples and vanilla!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Sounds like a lovely version of apple crisp… I am a big fan of vanilla, as well!

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    Lenore — December 8, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I loooove apple crisp, and the idea of adding vanilla to it? Genius!

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    Suzanne — December 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Hmmm…I may have to us this recipe for my next forgiveness gift 😉 Looks terrific.

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    Dorothy at Shockinglydelish — September 4, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    I am not strong enough to resist a warm apple crisp!! The browned butter takes it to a new level!

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    Chrissie Baker — September 5, 2018 at 9:37 am

    O God! What a great recipe! I want to try it immediately! Looks very tasty! THANK YOU!

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    Abeer — September 5, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I want to try this crisp! This looks incredible!

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    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — September 5, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    What a terrific flavor profile for this delicious crisp!

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    Des — September 5, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    This apple crispy sounds to die for. I love all the flavors of fall that you have mixed in.

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    Sandra | A Dash of Sanity — September 10, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I will definitely try this! Looks absolutely amazing!

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