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Caramel Pear Cookies

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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!

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Caramel Pear Cookies

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24-30 cookies 1x


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


  • 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 sugar
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup caramel bits
  • 1 pear, finely diced (about 1 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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44 comments on “Caramel Pear Cookies”

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

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

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

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

  6. 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? :)

    • These were so delicious! I didn’t have caramel chips, so I subbed chopped caramel flavored dark chocolate I had at the time. The melted butter makes the cookies so quick to whip up without having to think ahead. They first two pans rose beautifully, and then ironically the last batch which I refrigerated spread more! Still delicious. 10/10

  7. Oh. My. Swoon!!!!!!

    These look and sound absolutely delicious!

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

    • I think she may be talking about Heath crunchies that are sold near the Chocolate chips. That’s what I plan on using. Good Luck :)

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

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

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

  13. 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. 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?

    • 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. :)


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

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

  17. 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. 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.

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

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

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

  23. Just made these today. Tasted really great! I couldn’t find the caramel bits at the store so I substituted Ghiradelli vanilla caramel chips instead. Added more of a gentle flavor to them, and the chips had a great texture that my family couldn’t seem to get enough of. This was my first time baking with pears, and this recipe was fantastic!

  24. I have 2 pear trees and needed a new recipe and this wad the best! So good. Thank you for sharing!

  25. This is a great recipe and an unexpected one for visitors who never thought of using pear in cookies. This one is going into my “Favorite Recipe” cookbook.

  26. Cookies were so delicious. Absolutely loved them. How many calories are in a cookie?

  27. I made these cookies and they were totally amazing! This is a keeper for sure!
    I also made them substituting peanut butter chips for the caramel. Both fantastic
    Thank you

  28. Some people might want to use lesser sugar if they don’t prefer very sweet cookies. I don’t mind the sweetness myself, but the caramel + pear + sugar was a tad too sweet for my husband.

  29. These are amazing. Made these last year for Christmas & people still talk about them. Making a big batch for a cookie exchange & hopefully I’ll have enough left over to share with the USPS, FedEx, UPS people in my neighborhood as a thank you. Pretty sure they have my address memorized-ha! Purchased the Heath bar toffee bits in the store & they’re perfect. Making this with large red pears this time so hopefully it’ll be even better. Thanks for a great recipe!

  30. I made these yesterday.. great flavor. However, they were very thin.. I’ll try them again.. this time I’ll place the dough into the refrigerator overnight before baking them. I’m at 5000 ft, so I think I’ll bake them at 350 rather than 325. There is a lot of liquid in using nice ripe pears. I think that is why they thinned out. However, everyone raved over the flavor.. yum..

  31. These cookies were delicious. Not too crispy and not too doughy. I made them with butterscotch pieces instead of caramel because I had those already. And I am going to make them again today with white chocolate chips. The pieces of pear in the cookie taste great!

  32. Ali, I haven’t tried the Carmel pear cookies yet, but can you freeze them? I’m planning a party and have too much to do right before. If not, how long will they stay fresh in a Tupperware container?

  33. Thank you for this delicious recipe. We found that pecans were a tasty addition.

  34. my daughter cooks for the school. she was asking if canned pears drained well would work since we dont have access to raw pears has anyone tried using canned

  35. these were horrible, they were very oily,too much butter? and even after 19 minutes still came out very thin and doughy, i don’t know how it got 4.5 stars
    Susan from Eugene Oregon

  36. Could I use pear sauce instead of diced pears?

  37. I tried this for the first time last night and didn’t use the Carmel cause it was super late and I didn’t feel like making it. So I just made them a spice pear cookie and my husband loved it and his work loved it to a the whole plate was gone by 930 in the morning! Thank you!

  38. Thanks for the tip to use less sugar Tania. I cut both the white and brown sugar in half and I found that to be sweet enough to still taste the pear.