Easy Pear Cobbler is an easy pear dessert make with Bartlett pears (not peeled), delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream or gelato.

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Fall time is the perfect time to invite people into your home, and serve this Easy Pear Cobbler. It’s a no-peel recipe, which means you don’t have to peel the pears. So it’s a quick and easy recipe!

Easy Pear Cobbler

When there’s fresh fruit on the counter, I usually find a way to add it to some kind of seasonal dessert. This old-fashioned pear cobbler is one of our family favorites, made with pears, a cake-like topping, and the perfect amount of sweetness in the gooey, cinnamon-spiced fresh pear filling. The beauty of this dessert is you don’t have to peel the pears!

Often pears get overlooked in the fall months, with all the pumpkin craze desserts. But we adore pears, and it seems our guests do, too. When we host a dinner, our company raves about this pear dessert, usually served warm with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

taking a bite of pear cobbler

Why I love this recipe

I like to think of cozy hospitality as being friendly, kind, generous—providing a warm space for our neighbors and friends. Of course that means family, too. Always family.

  • This comes together quickly, as you don’t have to peel the pears.
  • It’s warm and comforting, perfect for fall.
  • If you need to, you can swap out the fresh pears for drained canned pears.

dusting powdered sugar on a cobbler

What is a cobbler?

A cobbler is a baked fruit dessert that has drops of  dough on top (resembling cobblestones). Or, the results of many chunks of dough on top of the fruit can also be spread evenly, creating a nice thick crust. A pear cobbler with cake mix also results in a nice crust.

spooning in pear cobbler

Pear Cobbler ingredients:

All you need are these simple ingredients.

  • Pears (we use Bartlett)
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Baking powder + salt
  • Mlk
  • Cardamom + cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar

What type of pears do you use?

We typically use Barlett pears for this recipe, but you can also use Anjou pears.

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How to make no peel pear cobbler:

Easy fresh pear cake will quickly become a favorite cake, especially when you see how easy it is to make!

  1. Combine the pears and sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil; simmer.
  2. Place the melted butter in a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Mix remaining sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom, cinnamon. Add milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir.
  4. Spoon warm fruit and syrup on top. Sprinkle the top with remaining cinnamon.
  5. Bake; the batter will rise to the top during baking and will look like a cake/cobbler.
  6. Slightly cool and dust with powdered sugar.

square piece of pear cobbler

Tips and substitutions: 

  • It’s the perfect cake to have with tea, coffee, a great breakfast cake, or serve for dinner dessert.
  • This is a great recipe to take if you’re bringing a meal to someone. You can make it in 2 8×8 pans, or 1 9×13 pan.
  • Swap out the fresh pears for canned pears, but make sure they are drained very well. Do not rinse.
  • Super soft pears or overly ripened pears will soften and cook through faster, and tend to be mushier.
  • Optional to not use cardamom, but we really love the flavor and we think it adds to the cake topping.
  • Optional to dust with powdered sugar on top. You can’t really taste it, but it looks pretty!

How to store: Store leftover pear cobbler covered tightly in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Baked pear cobbler can be frozen, up to 3 months. Simply thaw in the refrigerator then warm as desired.

Can you freeze it? I would not freeze this pear cobbler recipe, as it will be a different texture and the fruit very runny.

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How do you serve a cobbler?

Serve this cobbler warm or at room temperature. Ice cream is the preferred topping in our family, especially to warmed servings. We recommend either vanilla or salted caramel ice cream, but a vanilla pecan would also be nice. The other option is to serve it with cinnamon whipped cream.

Enjoy a scoop of this cobbler as a special breakfast dessert for the weekend or holidays. It’s that good.

no peel pear cobbler and vanilla ice cream

Just serve a cozy dessert

Fresh Pear Cake with a dusting of powdered sugar on top is lightly sweet and terrific served for breakfast, brunch or dessert! It’s everything you could ever want in a fall dessert!

Cooking a meal can be an amazing gift to others, but a simple dessert can also accomplish the same goals!

Hospitality is not always cooking up a big meal. It can be as easy as inviting people in for dessert!

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More cobbler recipes to try:

My mom made a lot of cobblers with this simple method. You can also try these cobbler recipes:

Classic Raspberry Cobbler

Best Peach Cobbler

Best Blueberry Cobbler (you can use frozen blueberries)

Easy Chocolate Cobbler

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Easy Pear Cobbler

A delicious cobbler that can be made with any kind of fruit, any time of the year.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 8 pears, cut into 1-inch chunks (do not peel)
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup water
  • 8 Tbsp. butter, melted

Cobbler topping:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 tsp. cardamom
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
  • Powder sugar, for dusting after the cobbler is cool


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine the pears, ¾ cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Place the melted butter in a 9x13 baking dish.

Make the cobbler topping:

  • Mix remaining ½ cup sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom, ½ tsp. cinnamon, and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture evenly over melted butter. Do not stir.
  • Spoon cooked pears on top, gently pouring in all the syrup. Sprinkle the top with remaining ½ tsp cinnamon.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. The batter will rise to the top during baking and will look like a cake/cobbler.
  • Cool the cobbler and then dust with powdered sugar (optional)
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream or gelato or fresh whipped cream.


Originally posted October 2018.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 445kcal, Carbohydrates: 79g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 485mg, Potassium: 314mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 51g, Vitamin A: 490IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 161mg, Iron: 2mg
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Easy Pear Cobbler