Caramel Pear Cookies

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

These yummy cookies overflow with caramel and fresh pears - delicious!

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)

Directions:

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.

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  1. thelittleloaf — October 30, 2012 @ 8:11 am (#)

    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!

  2. Kathryn — October 30, 2012 @ 8:56 am (#)

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

  3. Blog is the New Black — October 30, 2012 @ 8:57 am (#)

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

  4. Rachel Cooks — October 30, 2012 @ 11:28 am (#)

    These sound amazing! And so unique. YUM!

  5. Cassie | Bake Your Day — October 30, 2012 @ 1:36 pm (#)

    Love, love, love this pear + caramel combination!

  6. kelley — October 30, 2012 @ 2:10 pm (#)

    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? :)

  7. Rachel @ Following In My Shoes — October 30, 2012 @ 2:24 pm (#)

    Oh. My. Swoon!!!!!!

    These look and sound absolutely delicious!

  8. carrian — October 30, 2012 @ 4:24 pm (#)

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

  9. Vannessa @ Wordchef's Corner — October 30, 2012 @ 5:34 pm (#)

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

  10. Sues — October 30, 2012 @ 6:56 pm (#)

    LOVE baking with pears and these sound just awesome.

  11. sally @ sallys baking addiction — October 30, 2012 @ 7:43 pm (#)

    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.

  12. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — October 31, 2012 @ 8:57 am (#)

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

  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 31, 2012 @ 11:13 am (#)

    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!

  14. Kathleen — October 31, 2012 @ 12:06 pm (#)

    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?

    • ali — October 31, 2012 @ 12:23 pm (#)

      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

  15. Anna @ Hidden Ponies — October 31, 2012 @ 4:05 pm (#)

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

  16. Sneha — October 31, 2012 @ 6:35 pm (#)

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

  17. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 1, 2012 @ 5:10 pm (#)

    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!

  18. Kathy T. — November 2, 2012 @ 7:48 am (#)

    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.

    • ali — November 2, 2012 @ 11:33 pm (#)

      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!

  19. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 5, 2012 @ 5:46 pm (#)

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

  20. Michelle — November 25, 2012 @ 8:25 pm (#)

    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.

  21. Mindy — September 10, 2013 @ 8:33 am (#)

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

  22. Pamela Baker — December 8, 2013 @ 3:07 pm (#)

    I need help with picking out a good pear.

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