Spicy Pear Cookies Recipe

Spicy Pear Cookies

Pumpkin pie spice complements sweet chopped pears and pecans in these easy drop cookies.

60 min. prep time
3 dozen cookies
444 Ratings



2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
1/4 cup pear nectar or milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 medium (1 cup) ripe pear, peeled, finely chopped
1 cup chopped pecans
36 whole cloves


4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
3 to 4 tablespoons pear nectar or milk


Heat oven to 375°F. Combine sugar, brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add 1/4 cup pear nectar and egg; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and baking soda. Beat until well mixed. Stir in pear and pecans.

For each pear cookie, drop 1 rounded teaspoon dough onto lightly greased cookie sheets; drop rounded 1/2 teaspoon dough next to, but not touching, teaspoon of dough. Press 1 clove into smaller dough to resemble stem. Repeat with remaining dough, placing cookies 2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until set. Cool completely.

Combine all frosting ingredients except pear nectar in small bowl. Beat at low speed, adding enough pear nectar for desired spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies.

*Substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves for 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. For 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, substitute 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus a pinch each of ground ginger, ground nutmeg and ground cloves.

Recipe Tip

Pear skin color is not an indication of ripeness because some varieties do not change as they ripen. For baking, select pears that are firm without bruises or blemishes on the skin. Bartlett or Bosc pear make good choices for cookies or cakes.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 160

Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 18mg

Sodium: 55mg

Carbohydrates: 25g

Dietary Fiber: <1g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #11873©2001Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Delicious, I made them as a bar cookie. Everyone oved them
I did not have pear nector so I just used extra cut up pair for both the frosting and cookie. It did not have the pair flavor I was looking for. My kids did not finish their cookie and I was NOT a fan of the frosting. I really don't like my frosting to taste like powdered sugar.
Very moist. Never did make cookies that look like pears. Got eaten before I made the icing.
very tasty

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