Pear Custard Bars Recipe
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Pear Custard Bars Recipe

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When I take this crowd-pleasing treat to a potluck, I come home with an empty pan every time. Cooking and baking come naturally for me - as a farm girl, I helped my mother feed my 10 siblings. -Jeannette Nord, San Juan Capistrano, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) pear halves, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 224 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 119 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts.
  2. Press into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the sugar, egg and vanilla. Pour over crust.
  4. Cut pears into 1/8-in. slices; arrange in a single layer over filling. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over pears.
  5. Bake at 375° for 28-30 minutes (center will be soft-set and will become firmer upon cooling). Cool on a wire rack for 45 minutes.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16 bars.
Originally published as Pear Custard Bars in Taste of Home August/September 2000, p25

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Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"This recipe I tried for the first time and I just made adjustments by using pecans in place of the macadamia nuts, 1 can (15-oz.) LITE canned pear halves in extra light syrup, drained and sprinkled 1 Tbsp. cinnamon-sugar mixture over the pears. I did grease/flour my baking pan. These bars came out very well! They looked beautiful in pan after baking! I'm saving them for my retirement

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Reviewed May. 3, 2014

"This dessert was absolutely tops. Since I made it, I have had requests for the recipe. It is well recommended! Nice with vanilla ice cream."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"These are awesome! I actually made these quite some time ago, but am going for a weekend getaway with my card group friends, and am going to make these again."

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"really tasty. hubby loved it. only change I made was I used 11x7 pan (both my 8in squares were in use) so I made 1-1/2 times the filling so it wouldn't be so thin and it turned out excellent. i'm gonna try it next time with peaches for something different (though the pears were great)"

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

"Yummy! They are a light dessert and very tasty. Will definitely be making these again."

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