Fresh Pear Cobbler

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Tender, spiced pear slices baked into soft cinnamon biscuit dough, perfect with a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.

pear cobbler

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You will love this Easy Pear Cobbler Recipe!

If there’s an underrated fall flavor/ingredient at least in my neck of the recipe world, it’s pears. I don’t utilize them nearly enough, and whenever I have a dessert that includes pears, I remember how tender and flavorful they are when baked and paired with the perfect blend of spices.

So when I sat down to think of recipes to create for a collaboration with other bloggers and fall flavors, I knew that somehow baking with pears had to happen.

Not only that, but I knew that the brown sugar I so generously received from Dixie Crystals would make a great sweetener for those slightly caramelized pears and soft biscuit dough that gives those tender baked pears the perfect dessert hug.

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aerial photo of dixie crystals brown sugar and pears

But before we get to the good stuff, perhaps it’s best to clear the air on exactly what a cobbler is and how it differs from crumbles, crisps, and buckles.


Folks often think that cobblers, crumbles, crisps, and buckles are mostly interchangeable, but they’re really not. Some subtle differences make each of these baked desserts distinguishable from the others.

aerial photo of pear cobbler

A cobbler is typically a baked fruit dish that has drops of biscuit dough on top of it, which resemble cobblestones. The method we’re using in this pear cobbler recipe involves a bit of a different preparation, but the result (chunks of dough on top of the fruit) is the same.

A crumble is a baked fruit dish with a streusel topping and differs from a crisp in that it does not have oats in the streusel. Crisps contain oats in the streusel, just like my apple goat cheese crisp.

And lastly, a buckle is a single layer dessert that has pieces of fruit baked right into the batter, creating what looks like little dents and crevices in the top, so “buckle” refers to bending and collapsing in this instance.

What you’ll need for Easy Pear Cobbler

The ingredient list for pear cobbler is relatively short and fairly simple.

For this easy pear cobbler, you will need:
 brown sugar
 ground cinnamon
 all-purpose flour
 baking powder
 vanilla extract

How to make Pear Cobbler

As I mentioned, the preparation of this easy pear cobbler recipe is a bit different from the traditional dropping of dough on top of the fruit, and I’ve simplified the method to make it incredibly simple.



Before getting to the biscuit portion of this pear cobbler, we’ll prepare the pears and allow them to sit for a bit, just like we do with the peaches for homemade peach ice cream. We want to allow some of the juices to release from the pears while also allowing them to soak up the brown sugar and cinnamon flavors before going into the oven.


Slice up the pears, then toss them in a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. It’s a super simple flavor profile that allows the pears to really shine through all those warm flavors, and the salt complements and brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit.


If you want to turn this into a canned pear cobbler, choose sliced or halved pears in 100% juice. You’ll want two 15oz cans to get the equivalent amount of fresh pears (4 pears equals about 4 cups of sliced pears).



While the pears marinate for a bit, you’ll prepare the rest of the components of this pear dessert. First, add melted butter to the bottom of a baking dish. I used a 7″ x 11″, but a 9″ x 13″ works great, too. You can even split this into two 8″ x 8″ square baking dishes. There’s a lot of flexibility here!

melted butter in a baking pan


Seriously, just pour it right in. You won’t have to spray the pan with nonstick spray or anything else. Easy peasy!



Great news! You only need one bowl for the biscuit batter. Whisk together your dry ingredients, then add milk and some vanilla extract and mix until just combined.


You’ll pour this biscuit batter directly on top of the melted butter then spread it out evenly into the pan. You’re creating a biscuit bed for the spiced pears, which will allow the batter to bake up into the crevices, creating those “cobblers” on top. This is much easier than dropping dollops on top of the fruit and insures lots of biscuit bites between all the pears.



After all of the biscuit batter is in the dish, layer in the pears and any juice that collected in the bottom of the bowl. Spread them out evenly, and the rest of the magic of this pear cobbler happens in the oven!


Once out of the oven, you’ll need to let it cool for a bit, but it is best enjoyed warm with a scoop of ice cream or homemade whipped cream.

Since this recipe for pear cobbler is pretty simple, there is room for some nuts if you’d like to include those, plus any other warm spices you enjoy for the fall. Consider adding a dash of nutmeg or ginger when you add the cinnamon or add some additional spices before serving.

pear cobbler in a baking dish

You could even turn this into an apple pear cobbler by replacing some of the pears with apples. Seriously, flexibility to the max!

Whatever you do, you need to add some pear baking to your to-do list ASAP. The pears get so tender in the oven and the juices add caramelized spots and edges in every single bite.

How to serve Fresh Pear Cobbler

Pear cobbler can be eaten as is without any topping, or my favorite, warmed with a scoop of ice cream. This pear cobbler would also be really delicious with a dollop of fresh homemade whipped cream right on top!

We enjoyed this spiced pear cobbler with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, AND straight up without any kind of topping. It was a top notch dessert in all instances, and I can probably even confidently say there is no bad way to eat it. But you don’t have to take my word for it– get to baking and see for yourself!

How to store this recipe for Pear Cobbler

Store leftover pear cobbler covered tightly in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Baked pear cobbler can be frozen, up to 3 months. Simply thaw in the refrigerator then warm as desired.

Pear Cobbler Recipe FAQs

Aside from making this pear cobbler recipe, you can use pears in just about any recipe that calls for apples. If you’re feeling really ambitious, I’d suggest taking my recipe for strawberry compote and replacing the strawberries with pears to make a pear compote for filling cupcakes, cakes, and topping ice cream and cheesecake.

While cobbler is sometimes described as a type of fruit pie, it is not actually a pie at all and uses a completely different dough. A pie is made in a pie dish with a pastry dough, and a cobbler is made with a more biscuit-like batter. Cobblers are named such because the biscuit batter is dropped or spooned on top of the filling, creating a cobbled texture. The filling peeks through the cobbles and creates uneven and random texture that never looks the same twice!

A pandowdy is a type of fruit pie that can be most easily described as a fruit pie without a bottom. The pastry dough sits on top of the fruit filling rather than below it so the crust is essentially the top of the dessert and not the bottom.

A cobbler dessert has “crust” on the top, but since the crust is made of more a biscuit batter, the filling peeks through, making an uneven top that does not contain the filling at all. Cobblers are a slightly messy dessert!

No, you don’t need completely ripe pears if you’re using them to bake. The heat of the oven will soften the pear flesh, and since you’re likely going to be using sugar and other spices to complement the flavor of the pear, don’t worry about losing the pear flavor! It will still be there in an underripe pear.

Pears are most typically paired with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, and clove.

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Easy Pear Cobbler Recipe

Tender, spiced pear slices baked into soft cinnamon biscuit dough, perfect with a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.
Prep Time20 minutes
Bake Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Recipe Author Lynn April
Servings: 10 servings


  • 4 medium to large pears1 peeled and sliced (about 4 cups)
  • ¾ cup (150g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (180mL) milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF (177ºC).
  • Add the sliced pears, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and salt to a large bowl. Stir to coat completely. Set aside.
  • Pour the melted butter into the bottom of a 9" x 13" baking dish2. Set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, remaining 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, baking powder, and salt until everything is combined.
  • Add the milk and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients, then stir gently until just combined. Pour the mixture into the pan over the melted butter, then smooth it into an even layer.
  • Spoon the pears evenly into the pan on top of the butter/batter mixture, including any juice that has accumulated in the bottom of the bowl.
  • Bake the cobbler for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool at least 15 minutes before serving warm with homemade whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. Store leftovers covered tightly in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Baked cobbler can be frozen, up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator then warm as desired.


  1. Pears: you can make this pear cobbler with canned pears, if necessary. Use sliced pears or pear halves in 100% juice, and drain completely. Reduce brown sugar for the pears to ½ cup.
  2. Baking dish: this also works in a 7″ x 11″ baking dish or can be split into two 8″ x 8″ square baking pans.
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Nutrition Disclosure

All nutritional values are approximate and provided to the reader as a courtesy. Changing ingredients and/or quantities will alter the estimated nutritional calculations.

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 261IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. This cobbler looks fantastic. I love the use of pear. That changes up the flavors from the normal peach or apple cobbler.

  2. 5 stars
    I am like you April, I do not use pears enough. And wow, this cobbler is amazing and so simple too! On my fall rotation!

  3. 5 stars
    Okay, I think this may be my favorite recipe I have ever made from your site. It was so good and I added a drizzle of caramel on top and I’m dead.

  4. 5 stars
    This is so delicious. If you love sweet and cinnamon, you will really enjoy this! And it was soooooo easy to make!

  5. 5 stars
    My neighbor just dropped off a lug of beautiful Bartletts from his orchard. And then this. I have four dishes in the oven baking right now! Can’t wait!