Pear Cobbler Pioneer Woman


Pear Cobbler Pioneer Woman -I love pears, and this is one of my favorite recipes. Pears are perfect for late summers after you’ve run out of fresh berries from the greenhouses around the country but haven’t had time to go pick your own fruit. I used to prepare this dish for special occasions. But now, I make it on a regular basis! Why? Because it’s actually better the next day… when it’s eaten as leftovers.

Pear Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

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You won’t believe how delightful this is. Such a nice change of pace from the typical (albeit delicious) apple dessert. And you can add some minced fresh ginger to the pears if you want to step the flavors up a notch.

YIELDS:4 servings

PREP TIME:0 hours 15 mins

COOK TIME:0 hours 40 mins

TOTAL TIME:0 hours 55 mins



4 whole (to 5) Large Pears (Bosc Work Well)

2/3 c. Sugar

1/4 tsp. Salt


Topping Ingredients

1 1/2 c. All-purpose Flour

1/3 c. Sugar

1/3 c. Firmly Packed Brown Sugar

1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 c. Pecans, Very Finely Chopped

1 stick Butter, Melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Peel, core, and dice pears. Place into a bowl and stir together with 2/3 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. Stir together. Drizzle melted butter gradually, stirring with a fork as you go until all combined.

Pour pears into a baking dish; top with crumb topping.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Place pan on top rack of oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Brown Butter Pear Crisp

The brown butter makes this pear crisp extra special!

PREP TIME10 mins



For the Pear Filling:

  • 6 cups pears peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the Brown Butter Crisp Topping:

  • 1/2 cup butter plus 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine pears, lemon juice, and vanilla. Toss to coat the pears. In a medium bowl mix together sugars, flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle sugar mixture over pears and stir until combined. Pour pear mixture into prepared skillet and spread into an even layer. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, melt ½ cup of the butter over medium-low heat and continue to cook, swirling occasionally, until butter turns golden brown, Skim foam from top, and remove from heat. Pour into a bowl to stop the cooking, leaving any burned sediment behind; let cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Pour the browned butter over the mixture and stir well. Add in the remaining 2 tablespoons of cold butter and mix until crumbly. Pour mixture evenly over the pears.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the crumble topping it golden brown and the crisp is bubbling around the edges. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, salted caramel sauce, or whipped cream, if desired.
  • Note-if you don’t have a cast iron skillet you can bake the crisp in a greased baking dish.


You’re going to love this simple and easy pear cobbler recipe. Made with fresh pears and a spiced topping, this dessert feels like fall (or winter).

I don’t normally buy pears unless they’re in a mixed fruit recipe, but I was recently gifted several pounds for the holidays and I thought what better way to enjoy them than in a tasty cobbler?


  • Fresh pears
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Nutmeg
  • Ground ginger
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Egg


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  • Mixing bowls
  • Baking dish
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  • Measuring cups
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baked pear cobbler with fresh pears and spatula to the sides


This pear cobbler with fresh pears is pretty cool to watch come together. It starts with melted butter in a pan, the batter in the middle, and the pears on top. As it bakes, the batter rises to the top and covers the pears.

Pears are naturally sweet, especially when ripe so reducing sugar or serving with something salty or acidic could help to cut down some of that sweetness and add more flavors into the mix. But this pear cobbler really does taste great on its own too.

If desired, you can add in some thin slices of apples to help add more flavors. Try to cut the apples a little thinner than the pears so that they can cook at about the same speed.

pear cobbler missing some servings and a fresh pear to the side


Do I have to peel pears before baking?

Peeling pears is completely optional. The skin when cooked can get a bit chewy in spots so I usually prefer to cook without it, but you can leave them on if you want to.

What pears are best for baking?

Some of the better pear varieties to cook with include Bartlett, Bosc, and Anjou. Using a mixture of these pears can create a better-flavored cobbler too.

How long is fruit cobbler good for?

You can leave your fruit cobbler out for about 2 days on the counter or keep it stored for up to 5 days in the fridge. Just make sure to keep it well covered or in an airtight container to maximize freshness.


Check out how to make easy spiced pear cobbler with these simple step-by-step instructions:

  • Mix together the pears, granulated sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon for the filling in one bowl and then set it aside.
  • Place a stick of butter in a baking dish and place it in an oven that is preheating to 325 degrees F. Be careful not to let the butter burn.
  • In a bowl, combine the remaining sugar, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.
  • Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine.
  • Pour the batter into the butter-filled baking dish.
  • Evenly distribute the pear mixture over the top of the batter and then place the baking dish back into the oven.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the pears are tender and the topping is set.
  • Let cool for about 20 minutes to thicken before serving.

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