Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cinnamon Pear Bars

Traditionally, I handle the Thanksgiving and Christmas desserts when I go home for the holidays, while Mom and Dad handle the rest of the cooking. Since it's just us 3, I hate making huge desserts, since we end up with a ton of leftovers and no room to store them all. This year, I've opted to go a little smaller with a simple but delicious dessert. 

These Cinnamon Pear Bars couldn't be easier to make - you simply mix up a quick shortbread crust, whip up a quick cheesecake-y filling, then top with canned pears and a dust of cinnamon sugar. Easy, quick, and delicious! 

Even better, these are actually intended to be made ahead of time, so, if you know you need these for a certain event, plan ahead and make them the night before. Since I have to travel to visit my parents, I usually have no choice but to make things the night before, which makes this a perfect recipe! 

Cinnamon Pear Bars
adapted from Foodjimoto

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 8oz block of cream cheese
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large can of pear halves
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Prepare the crust: Preheat the oven to 350° and spray an 8x8" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine the softened butter, sugar, vanilla and flour in a mixing bowl. Cream with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined. Press the dough onto the bottom of the prepared dish. 

Bake for 10 minutes at 350°. Remove from the oven and increase the temperature to 375°. 

Prepare the filling: Microwave the cream cheese for 20-30 seconds to soften. Add the sugar, egg and vanilla. Whisk until combined and smooth, then pour over the partially baked crust. 

Prepare the topping: Drain the pear halves and slice them thinly and evenly. Carefully place the slices over the cream cheese filling in even rows. 

Combine the sugar and cinnamon, then evenly sprinkle over the pears. 

Bake for 25 minutes at 375°. Let cool completely, then refrigerate overnight before cutting into squares.


  1. This looks so yummy. And simple too! Thanks as always for posting all your wonderful recipes. Happy New Year to you from Madison!!! Great success and good eats in 2014.

    1. Thank you, Colett! I hope you have a wonderful 2014 as well! :D