Spiced Pear Cobbler Recipe

This spiced pear cobbler with perfectly buttery crispy biscuit topping is easy to prepare and feeds a crowd. Using fresh pears, the deliciousness of this dessert comes primarily from the sweetness of the fruit and doesn't call for a huge amount of additional sugar. Make it up to 4 days ahead of time to entertain friends and family.

How to make spiced pear cobbler (Image: Julia Mueller)

Things You'll Need

  • For the Pear Filling:

  • 3 lbs fresh pears, peeled, cored and chopped

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch

  • 3 Tbsp water

  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

  • For the Cobbler Topping:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1 Tbsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted

  • 1 cup whole milk

Step 1

Peel, core, and chop the pears. Then place them in a large mixing bowl.

Peel and chop the pears to make pear filling (Image: Julia Mueller)

Add the remaining ingredients for the pear filling and stir well to combine.

Add remaining ingredients for pear filling (Image: Julia Mueller)
Stir all ingredients for pear filling in a mixing bowl (Image: Julia Mueller)

Transfer the pear filling mixture to a large casserole dish.

Transfer the pear filling to a casserole dish (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Add the dry ingredients for the cobbler topping to a mixing bowl (all-purpose flour, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt). Stir well to combine.

Stir together dry ingredients for cobbler topping (Image: Julia Mueller)

Add the melted butter and whole milk and stir just until combined (avoid over-mixing the topping).

Add wet ingredients (Image: Julia Mueller)
Mix cobbler topping ingredients just until combined (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 3

Top the pear filling mixture with the cobbler topping, creating either an even layer or biscuits.

Add cobbler topping to casserole dish (Image: Julia Mueller)

Place casserole dish on the center rack of the preheated oven and bake 25 minutes. Decrease oven temperature to 325° F and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until topping is golden-brown.

Bake pear cobbler (Image: Julia Mueller)

Serve cobbler with ice cream in bowls, and enjoy!

Serve pear cobbler with ice cream (Image: Julia Mueller)