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Caramelized Pears

After picking an abundant crop of pears, I was looking for new ways to enjoy them. A friend suggested warming them with butter and brown sugar. This tasty recipe was the result! We like them with vanilla bean ice cream, but plain vanilla or cinnamon are also quite delicious! —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups chopped peeled ripe pears
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • In a large skillet, combine brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes. Add pears; cook and stir until pears are tender, 5-10 minutes longer. Serve over ice cream if desired.

Test Kitchen tip
  • Try swapping fresh apples, peaches, plums or other firm fruit for the pears.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1/4 cup: 96 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 33mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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    • Donna
      Aug 15, 2020

      This is a really great stovetop recipe, especially during hotter months. I added a pinch of salt and I didn't cook quite as long. I made a stovetop oatmeal crisp topping and it was perfect together!

    • Orbs
      Nov 11, 2018

      I substituted chopped apple for the pear. Thank you, Sue, for sharing this recipe.