Caramel Pear Cookies

October 30, 2012 by Ali

Last week some of my good friends brought me over a huge back of freshly-picked pears and apples. And as I was trying to plan how to put them to use over the next week, the idea of caramel pears came to mind. And then better — caramel pear¬†cookies!

I’m always looking for an excuse to pick up a bag of those adorable little caramel bits at the grocery store, so was more than happy to give the recipe idea a try. Went with a cinnamon-y dough, and then just finely diced the pear so that there could be some nice little fruit chunks in there. And oh my goodness. They turned out A-MAZING. Seriously, I was expecting them to be tasty, but they were go-back-for-seconds-and-thirds-and-(ok-admit-it)-fourths crazy good. I actually ended up making two batches of them last weekend, so took them to share with friends and family and neighbors, and everyone gave them rave reviews.

Especially while it’s fresh pear season, I highly recommend giving these caramel pear cookies a try!

Caramel Pear Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24-30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 12 Tbsp. (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled until just warm
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated suar
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup caramel bits
  • 1 pear, finely diced (about 1 cup)

Method

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Use an electric mixer to cream together butter and sugars until well blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add in the dry ingredient mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. Carefully stir in the caramel bits and diced pears until combined.

Use a small cookie scoop or a spoon to form the dough into tablespoon-fulls. Place on a cookie sheet at least 2.5 inches apart, and then dot on top with a few additional caramel bits. Bake cookies until the outer edges are golden and begin to slightly harden, about 15 minutes. Remove and let the cookies cool on the baking sheets.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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27 thoughts on “Caramel Pear Cookies

  1. I need help with picking out a good pear.

    - Pamela Baker

  2. Hi! These look great and I can’t wait to make them. One question: did you peel the pear?

    - Mindy

  3. I made these last week and they were delicious! I couldn’t find the bits so I bought the regular sized caramel squares and cut them. I also used parchment paper like another reviewer recommended.

    - Michelle

  4. Caramel & pear are so perfect together, what scrumptious cookies!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  5. I made these yesterday as I had some pears to use up and had the caramel bits (not knowing what I would do with them until now). These are to die for! Such a unique and “gourmet” flavor combo and the whole family loved them! Thanks for posting! BTW, don’t forget to use parchment on the pans – it really helped in removing them when the caramel bits were melted.

    - Kathy T.

    • Argh – SUCH a good point. I should have mentioned that too. I tried one batch sans parchment when I ran out, and they were stuck to the pan until they completely dried. Thanks, Kathy!

      - ali

  6. I think it’s so genius that you added pears to cookies! You don’t seem much of those. And the presentation is absolute stunning with the kitchen twine!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how vibrantly you’ve photographed these cookies!

    - Sneha

  8. Great idea! I love pretty much anything in a cookie :)

    - Anna @ Hidden Ponies

  9. This recipe looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it. My mom used to make pear bread when I was little and I just loved the sweetness of the pear in a dessert.

    Question: What brand of caramel bits did you use? Where did you find them?

    - Kathleen

    • Hi Kathleen!

      I used Kraft caramel bits, and found them at the grocery store next to the regular cubed Kraft caramels. I adore pears in desserts too! Hope you enjoy. :)

      ~A

      - ali

  10. Love that you were able to work fresh pears into cookies! Ive tried with fresh mangoes with meh results. Great taste but they are so juicy the cookie dough seemed to thin out so much and made for thin cookies. Tasted great but not thick. Yours look thick & perfect!

    - Averie @ Averie Cooks

  11. How perfect to combine pear + caramel!! It sounds like a delectable fall combination. And the stack of twine-wrapped cookies are so adorable :)

    - Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

  12. The cute little twine! Ali you are adorable and so are the little stacks of wrapped cookies. :) The pear and caramel combination – clever, creative, and perfect this time of year.

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  13. LOVE baking with pears and these sound just awesome.

    - Sues

  14. These look so yummy! I am a caramel fanatic, and you just don’t see enough pears in recipes (I love em!).

    - Vannessa @ Wordchef's Corner

  15. Alright, where have I been? I have never seen caramel bits!!

    - carrian

  16. Oh. My. Swoon!!!!!!

    These look and sound absolutely delicious!

    - Rachel @ Following In My Shoes

  17. Pear in a cookie? I’ve never heard of it but they look and sound amazing. The pears have been so, so good this year. I’ve got three on my counter right now……cookies, anyone? :)

    - kelley

  18. Love, love, love this pear + caramel combination!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  19. These sound amazing! And so unique. YUM!

    - Rachel Cooks

  20. Love using pears in recipes!! These look great- great little packaging, too! ;)

    - Blog is the New Black

  21. This is such a great combination of flavours; pear works so nicely with caramel and these cookies look really really delicious.

    - Kathryn

  22. I adore the combination of pear and caramel and love the idea of making it into cookies! Think I might have to throw a few chocolate chips in there too, yum!

    - thelittleloaf