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Gingersnap Pear Tart

There's lots to like about this scrumptious dessert, from the crunchy gingersnap crust to the creamy cheesecake layer to the lightly spiced pear slices on top.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 cup gingersnap crumbs (about 18 cookies)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/3 plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 large ripe pears, peeled and thinly sliced (about 3-1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1/2 in. up the sides of a 9-in. springform pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 5-8 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheeses until smooth. Beat in 1/3 cup sugar, flour and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust.
  • In a small combine the pears, cinnamon and remaining sugar; arrange pear slices over cream cheese mixture. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until almost set. Immediately run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Remove sides of pan. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 301 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 416mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate, 2g fiber), 10g protein.
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  • ReneeMurby
    May 25, 2015

    Delicious! Calls for a dark roasted coffee. Mostly pantry items. I used my Vanilla Sugar which I thought complimented the cinnamon and ginger spice in the cookie crust. Great use of two ripe pears and makes a delightful presentation.

  • aprilm
    Dec 5, 2010

    The best thing about this dessert is that it you look like your really fussed over it. The secret is, it is super easy and not time consuming. The fact that you make it ahead of time, makes it perfect for company or holiday parties. It is a yummy as it is beautiful