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!

Brown Sugar Pecan Pear Muffins

Yield: 2 dozen muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


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


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom and salt; set aside.
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.

Source: adapted from Taste of Home

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30 Responses to “Brown Sugar Pecan Pear Muffins”

  1. #
    ellen — September 4, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    could you use canned pears

    • Christina replied: — September 13th, 2012 @ 11:04 am


      I have not tried making them with canned pears. I would make sure that you drain them throughly though. If you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out! 🙂

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    ideeintavola — September 4, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    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 😉

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    my recent favorite books — September 4, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Oh my! These muffins sound so good! =)

  4. #
    gwynnem — September 4, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    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!

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    Bluejellybeans — September 4, 2012 @ 11:12 am

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

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    Livebakelove — September 4, 2012 @ 11:40 am

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

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    ashley — September 4, 2012 @ 11:45 am

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

  8. #
    Sally — September 4, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

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

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    Monet — September 4, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    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!

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    Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) — September 4, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    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 🙂

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    Janne Swearengen — September 4, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    Nutritional values, please??

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    Jasmine @ Savory & Sweet-Hearts — September 4, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

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

  13. #
    sugaredpecan — September 4, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

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

  14. #
    ChgoJohn — September 4, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

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

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    thekalechronicles — September 4, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    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.

  16. #
    muppy — September 5, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    i love pear in muffins!

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    JulieD — September 5, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    Can you believe I have never baked with pears before? Your muffins look gorgeous!! And I love the new look of your site!!

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    Regina — September 5, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    Really jealous of fresh pears off the tree, miss living up north for those tasty apples and pears that haven’t been picked before they ripen so they can be shipped. These sound wonderful to say the least!

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    Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch — September 5, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    These look amazing! I love the fall flavors! Have a great week!

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    Sara — September 5, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

    Your new site is BEAUITFUL! Love it!

  21. #
    EC — September 6, 2012 @ 2:55 am

    Mmmmm…those mufins look yummy.

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    Medeja — September 6, 2012 @ 6:11 am

    making muffins with pears is great idea. i should ‘borrow’ it from you.

    Btw, website looks just stunning! I want something like that now! 🙂

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    Lori — September 6, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    I’m so ready for fall and these muffins just scream fall flavor! Such a great combo, and pear is a welcomed change from apple. Yum!

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    wendy@chezchloe — September 10, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    I’m waiting patiently for the right moment to pick our pears. I think I’ll start taking a few off at a time so they don’t ripen all at once.
    And maybe a belated congrats on a baby? This blogging thing is funny when you start getting to know people but ok let’s face it – not really… yet I saw the part “a baby shower for us” and it was like awwww….
    So anyway… cheers if that is indeed the case and I’m just getting it:-)

    • Christina replied: — September 11th, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

      Thanks so much Wendy! Yes, I am expecting my first at the end of November. 🙂

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    marla — September 14, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post 🙂

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    Lisa — January 1, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    These muffins are delicious!!! I had extra Comice pears, and they were perfect in your recipe. Will definitely make again.

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