Cinnamon Sugar Pear Cobbler

It’s the perfect sweet treat for those cool autumn nights. Packed with juicy fruit and layered with a sugar cookie-inspired topping, this pear cobbler is sure to please.

Serve it warm, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat.

plated cobbler with ice cream and caramel.

Cinnamon Sugar Pear Cobbler

Fall spices, sweet juicy pears, and the absolute BEST sugar cookie-inspired cobbler topping make this the perfect dessert for fall and winter.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Serving Size 10

Equipment

  • 9 x 13 baking dish

Ingredients 

Pear Filling

  • 9 cups diced pears About 6-7, depending on size
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice optional

Topping

  • 1 cup softened butter salted 2 sticks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt

Serving

  • vanilla ice cream
  • 1 jar prepared caramel sauce

Instructions 

  • Prep. Preheat oven to 375 degrees with the rack in the center. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil.
  • Make and pre-bake filling. Combine the pears, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice in a large mixing bowl. Pour the filling into a 13 x 9 baking dish. Cover it with foil, place it on the foil-lined baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes, until the filling is juicy.
    pear filling in glass bowl.
  • Make topping. While the filling is baking, make the topping. Beat the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed. Beat for about 3 minutes, until fluffy. Add the egg and beat 1 minute. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and beat on low until just combined.
    3 process shots of making cobbler topping in mixing bowl.
  • Assemble. Remove the hot filling from the oven and remove the aluminum foil. Drop the topping on by heaping tablespoons, spacing relatively evenly.
  • Bake. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes until the topping is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Allow to cool 20 minutes before serving. Can be served warm or room temperature. Best when served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Notes

For a smaller cobbler, cut the recipe in half and bake in a 9 x 9 square dish. 
Don’t dice the pears too small, or they will be mushy!
Nutrition info is for 1/10th of the recipe and does not include ice cream or caramel.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Perfect for fall and winter. The warm spices and sweet pears make it the perfect cozy treat.
  • The sugar cookie topping adds a unique twist on the traditional cobbler topping. But you’ll like it better. Promise.
  • It can be made in a 9×13 dish for a crowd, or in a smaller 9×9 dish for a more intimate gathering.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

pears and spiced on white tile counter.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this sweet harvest dessert:

  • diced fresh pears  
  • brown sugar
  • cornstarch
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • butter
  • sugar
  • egg
  • flour
  •  baking powder
  • salt
  • vanilla ice cream and caramel for serving
  • baking dish: 13 x 9 for the full recipe or cut it half and bake in a pie plate or 9 x 9
  • mixing bowls
  • aluminum foil

🍴Instructions

Step One: prep and pre-bake filling

pear filling in glass bowl.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the pears, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Pour the mixture into a 13 x 9 baking dish. Cover it with foil and bake for 20 minutes.

Step Two: make the topping

3 process shots of making cobbler topping in mixing bowl.

While the filling is baking, make the topping. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add the egg and beat for 1 minute. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and beat on low until just combined.

Step three: bake!

square cobbler before and after baking.

Take the hot filling out of the oven and take off the aluminum foil. Then, drop the topping on by heaping tablespoons, spacing them evenly.

Bake the cobbler for 45 minutes until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Let it cool for 20 minutes before serving. You can either serve it warm or room temperature. If you want, you can put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

🥫 Storage instructions

If you have any leftover cobbler, it can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To reheat, place it in a microwavable dish and heat for about 1 minute. It’s also quite good served cold!

🔍 FAQs

Can I make this recipe with canned pears?

No, I wouldn’t recommend it. They’ll be too soft and the flavor isn’t as good.

Can I add more spices or leave some out?

Yes! You can alter the spices to whatever you prefer.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

If you want extra flavor, try adding a tablespoon of orange or lemon zest to the filling mixture.

You can top the whole baked cobbler with caramel sauce directly if you’d like.

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cobbler in baking dish with scoop missing.
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4 Comments

  1. I just noticed one other small problem. Your list of ingredients includes baking powder, but in the directions, you say to add baking soda. I don;t know enough to guess which is correct, and would love to know the answer. Thanks!

  2. I love the sound of this recipe! Just in case you want to make the correction, your recipe card neglects to mention the allspice mentioned earlier in the article. I’m assuming 1/4 tsp. and will add it to the mix as soon as these Anjou pears ripen up!

    Thanks so much for your great recipes and ideas.