This Easy Pear Cobbler Recipe is a decadent dessert that features a sweet and warmly spiced pear filling nestled beneath a layer of flaky biscuit dough. When served warm and topped with a generous scoop of cold vanilla ice cream, it creates a heavenly combination that’s bursting with fall flavors!

Whether you’re enjoying a cozy evening at home or hosting a party, this comforting and satisfying cobbler is sure to steal the show!

Servings of pear cobbler topped with ice cream.

What is a Cobbler? 

People often confuse crisps, crumbles, and cobblers with one another. However, they are not the same things.

Cobblers in particular are a type of fruity dessert made with a layer of fruit like peaches or pears topped with a biscui topping. The dessert gets its appearance from the somewhat cobbled effect the biscuit dough creates. 

Some variations feature a layer of biscuit dough on both the top and bottom. Meanwhile, other recipes use cake batter or cookie dough.

That said, the fruity center always contains fresh fruit, sugar, and cornstarch. This helps create a thick consistency preventing the filling from spreading all over the place.

What are the Best Pears for Baking? 

The most popular pears for baking are Anjou pears and Bartlett pears. You could also use a combination of both! 

Just be careful not to mistake them for comice pears! They look similar but aren’t as good for baking because they don’t hold their shape as well.

Whatever variety you choose, it’s best to use pears that are in season and ripe, meaning they give just slightly when squeezed. 

Pears in a baking dish topped with flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

What’s in a Homemade Pear Cobbler Recipe? 

It feels like everyone has a unique way of making cobbler recipes. For this quick pear cobbler, we used a handful of simple ingredients.

Cobbler Filling

  • Fresh Pears – Use fresh, ripe pears, free from discoloration or bruises. 
  • Sugar – Regular granulated sugar helps sweeten the filling.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour helps thicken the filling. This makes it syrup-like and helps it hold its shape so it doesn’t run all over the place! 
  • Spices – Cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt add extra warmth and depth, creating a sweet and spicy flavor perfect for fall. 

Cobbler Topping

  • Flour – All-purpose flour forms the base of the biscuit dough. If needed, feel free to substitute a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour instead. 
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar helps transform the dough from savory to sweet. 
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda – These are crucial leavening agents to help the dough rise and become fluffy and soft as it bakes. 
  • Salt – Just a pinch enhances the rest of the ingredients. 
  • Butter – Cold, unsalted butter is cut into the dough and melts as it bakes. As a result, the dough becomes light, flaky, and irresistibly rich taste. 
  • Milk – We recommend using full-fat milk, but any kind you have on hand will work. 
Butter in a bowl of flour.

What’s in a Homemade Pear Cobbler Recipe? 

It feels like everyone has their own unique way of making cobbler recipes. However, for this quick pear cobbler, we kept the ingredient list on the traditional side, using just a handful of simple ingredients. 

Cobbler Filling

  • Pears – Use fresh, ripe pears, free from discoloration or bruises. 
  • Sugar – Regular granulated sugar helps sweeten the filling.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour helps thicken the filling, making it syrup-like and helping it hold its shape so it doesn’t run all over the place! 
  • Spices – Cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt add extra warmth and depth, creating a sweet and spicy flavor perfect for fall. 

Topping

  • Flour – All-purpose flour forms the base of the biscuit dough. If needed, feel free to substitute a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour instead. 
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar helps transform the dough from savory to sweet. 
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda – These are crucial leavening agents to help the dough rise and become fluffy and soft as it bakes. 
  • Salt – Just a pinch is used to enhance the rest of the ingredients. 
  • Butter – Cold, unsalted butter is cut into the dough and melts as it bakes, creating a light, flaky texture and irresistibly rich taste. 
  • Milk – We recommend using full-fat milk, but any kind you have on hand will work. 
Butter cut into a bowl of flour.

Step-By-Step Guide to Make an Easy Peasy Pear Cobbler Recipe

With minimal prep time and a quick cook time, this cobbler recipe comes together with minimal steps. As a result, it’s ready in under an hour so you can whip it up any day of the week without any fuss!

  1. Combine the dry ingredients. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the butter. Add the butter to the bowl. Then, use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut it into the mixture. It will resemble coarse, sand-like crumbs.
  3. Add the milk. Next, stir in the milk just until the dough comes together. Be careful not to overmix! The dough should be a little lumpy.
  4. Prepare the fruit filling. Peel and core the pears, and slice them into wedges. Then, arrange them in a single layer in a baking dish and sprinkle the flour, sugar, and spices on top. Gently toss to combine and coat the fruit. 
  5. Layer. Drop spoonfuls of the cobbler dough on top of the pear mixture, covering them as much as possible. 
  6. Bake. Transfer the baking dish to a preheated oven, and bake just until the dough is golden brown and the pears are tender. 

Tip: Depending on the size of your dish, there is a chance the cobbler filling will bubble up over the sides. To prevent a mess, try placing a baking sheet under the dish to catch any overflowing cobbler! 

  1. Cool. Remove the dish from the oven, and set it aside to cool slightly. Serve warm!
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Biscuit filling in a bowl with a cookie scoop for a pear cobbler.

Flavor Variations

  • Swap the fruit. Replace the pears with apples or blueberries. Or, use a combination of both. 
  • Add nuts. Add chopped pecans or walnuts to the pear filling. Or, sprinkle toasted nuts on top of the finished dish for added richness and crunch. 
  • Switch up the spices. Replace or add the cinnamon and nutmeg in your spice pear cobbler with cloves, ginger, cardamom, or lemon zest. 
Unbaked pear cobbler in a baking dish.

Serving Suggestions 

This pear cobbler recipe is scrumptious on its own. However, we think it’s even better topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream! You could also add a sprinkle of powdered sugar or chopped nuts.

How to Store and Freeze

Store leftover pear cobbler covered at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to five days. To freeze, cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and transfer it to the freezer for up to one month.  

To enjoy, allow leftovers to thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, place it in the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit just until it warms through. Be careful not to let the top burn!

Overhead image of baked pear cobbler.

Common Questions About This Pear Cobbler Recipe

Do I have to peel pears for baking? 

Technically, you don’t have to, but we highly recommend it! The skin can be tough and chewy, making the cobbler a little difficult to serve and eat once baked. 

Can I freeze pears? 

Yes, but it’s best to use them fresh. Freezing pears can sometimes cause them to become soft and mushy. We recommend using frozen pears only for smoothies and a handful of desserts. They won’t taste good on their own. 

Which spices go well with pears? 

Warm, fall spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, cardamom, and cloves pair wonderfully with pears! 

A ramekin of pear cobbler topped with ice cream with a bite missing.

More Cobbler and Crisp Recipes

If you’re as big a fan of cobblers and crisps as we are, you’ll want to take a peek at these delicious desserts!

Overhead image of a ramekin full of pear cobbler topped with ice cream.

Pear Cobbler Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Learn how to make an easy pear cobbler recipe with just ten ingredients and less than 60 minutes for the perfect fall dessert!

Ingredients  

Topping:

  • cups all-purpose flour spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
  • 1 cup milk

Filling:

  • 4 large pears peeled and cored
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    1½ cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Add the cold, diced unsalted butter to the dry ingredients. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the dry mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
    1 stick
  • Stir in the milk, and mix until the dough comes together. Be careful not to overmix; the dough should be a bit lumpy!
    1 cup milk
  • Prepare the pears by peeling, coring, and slicing them into thin wedges.
    4 large pears
  • In a baking dish or casserole dish, arrange the pear slices evenly, add flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and pinch of salt on top. Toss together to combine and coat the fruit.
    1/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, Pinch of salt
  • Drop spoonfuls of the cobbler dough on top of the pears, covering them as much as possible.
  • Place the cobbler in the preheated oven, and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until the cobbler topping is golden brown and the pears are tender.
  • Remove the cobbler from the oven, and let it cool slightly before serving. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, if desired!
  • Store covered at room temperature for up to two days or in the fridge for up to five days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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A serving of pear cobbler in a dish topped with vanilla ice cream with a bite missing.

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