Brown Sugar Pecan Pear Muffins

Last weekend Andrew and I traveled to Columbus, Ohio for a long weekend for a wonderful baby shower that Andrew’s aunt threw us. We had a great time, but as always the days just flew by. It seemed like we had just arrived when we had to turn around and head back home for work. We had a great time, saw lots of friends and family and it made me realize how much I really miss living in Columbus. Before we left, my parents loaded down our SUV with about 10 pounds of pears from their pear tree. The past few years the tree didn’t produce many pears, but for some reason this summer the tree is loaded. Maybe the pear tree loved the super hot and dry summer that we had. Who knows, all I know is that our kitchen is overflowing with tree ripe pears! The pears are so juicy and delicious that we have been eating many out of hand. Saturday morning I decided to whip up a batch of these brown sugar pecan pear muffins. They were devoured within minutes of coming out of the oven! Packed with warm spices, ripe pears and chopped pecans, these muffins were the perfect way to celebrate the unofficial start of fall!

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Brown Sugar Pecan Pear Muffins

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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups finely chopped, peeled, ripe pears (about 6 medium)
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom and salt; set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, oil and vanilla. Using a rubber spatula, make a well in center of dry ingredients; pour egg mixture into well. Gently fold dry ingredients into wet, giving mixture only a few turns until just moistened. Fold in pears and pecans. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups, smoothing the tops. Bake until muffin tops are a pale golden and springy to the touch, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool muffins in muffin tin for 5 minutes before serving.

Yields: about 2 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes

Source: adapted from Taste of Home

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16 Responses to Brown Sugar Pecan Pear Muffins

  1. ideeintavola says:

    Wow, very interesting your recIpe,I’ll try it!! If you have many pears you can try also the mine CROSTATA DI PERE E CIOCCOLATO or MOUSSE ALLA PERA 😉

  2. Oh my! These muffins sound so good! =)

  3. gwynnem says:

    I’m missing the pear tree in my family’s yard, too. It’s prolific. Lots of pear turnovers and baked pears and… you get the picture. 🙂 Great post!

  4. They look incredible, Christina! So, the baby is almost there? That’s wonderful 🙂

  5. Livebakelove says:

    Yummy… this just looks delicious! i could use a muffin today!! 🙂 congrats on the baby !

  6. ashley says:

    I’ve been in a muffin mood lately so these came at the right time…….and I happen to have pears in the house!

  7. Sally says:

    What an incredible combination! Pears, pecans, brown sugar… I love it! These muffins would be SO SO yummy with apples or peaches too. 🙂

  8. Monet says:

    Delicious! I love pears…and I’m so glad that it is fall and I can enjoy them even more .Thank you for sharing with me!

  9. I love pear muffins; they are some of my favorite! And with 4 cups of them I bet these are just wonderful. I wish I had pears right from the trees 🙂

  10. Nutritional values, please??

  11. These look terrific! I can’t wait to make them this fall 🙂

  12. sugaredpecan says:

    These muffins look so wonderfully moist and delicious!!! YUM!

  13. ChgoJohn says:

    Tree ripened pears sound wonderful, Christina. You certainly did put them to good use.

  14. This is a perfect recipe for me right now, Christina: I have a big bag of pears from my friend Margit’s tree sitting in the refrigerator.

  15. muppy says:

    i love pear in muffins!

  16. Karen says:

    Just stopped by to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.

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