Preheat oven to 425.° Set pie dough on counter.
Peel, core, and slice 6-8 Granny Smith Apples into 1-inch slices. Place apple slices in a large mixing bowl.
Pour lemon juice over sliced apples and toss in the bowl to coat. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Shake bowl again. Add vanilla extract and toss one more time. Place apple slices in fridge to chill while preparing the sauce.
Melt one stick of unsalted butter in a medium size pot over medium heat. While the butter is melting, lay the pie crust in an un-greased pie tin.
After the butter has melted, stir in 1 cup of sugar and ¼ cup of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 3 minutes stirring constantly.
Remove the apples from the fridge and pour ¾ of the hot butter mixture into the bowl. Using a large spoon, stir the apples until they are evenly coated in sauce.
Dump the apples into the crust lined pie plate and lay them evenly. Then, pour the remaining ¼ of the butter mixture over the top of the apples.