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Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans

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Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans. A healthy holiday dessert option.


They’re the type of dessert that you can stuff your face with guilt-free. They’re slightly sweet, spicy and come with a little crunch, thanks to the pecans.

Before we get to the recipe, can I tell you a little secret?

When I was a kid, I was the pickiest eater in the world.

There were 374561 different foods I would not eat or that I had to alter before I would eat them. Do you remember those Little Debbie fudgy brownies that were topped with chopped peanuts? I LOVED those brownies, minus the nuts. I would pick every single nut off of the top of those brownies before ate them. I was the same way with cookies, cakes and breads. If someone served cake, bread or cookies that contained nuts, I would pick out the nuts before I would eat the goodies. If I missed one and bit into it, I would quickly spit it out. I didn’t hate nuts. I just hated the texture. Much like I hated (and still do) the texture of fruit peels. Apples, pears and peaches, I do not like your peels. I never did and I don’t think I ever will. Ok, I can tolerate pear and peach peels when they’re cooked. They’re so thin it’s like they aren’t even there!


Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans. A healthy holiday dessert option.

Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans

These baked pears are a great healthy dessert option to serve after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Cinnamon, pecans and cranberries are traditional ingredients that are found in many holiday dishes. Their flavor profiles pair nicely with juicy pears.

Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans

Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans is a super simple and healthy dessert recipe. These delicious pears are seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg for an extra boost of guilt free flavor!


  • 4 pears, such as bosc, bartlett or anjou (I used bartlett)
  • 24 fresh cranberries
  • 4 tbps chopped pecans
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more, if needed
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more, if needed.
  • 4 tsp raw honey
  • Greek yogurt for pairing, if desired


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Halve the pears and then core. I cored the pears with a cookie scoop but you can use a melon baller, too. Slice a small part off of the backside of each pear half to create a flat surface so the pear sits flat when laid on the pan.

Place the pear halves on a large baking sheet or baking pan, cored side up. Place three cranberries into the cored part of each pear half. Sprinkle each pear half with about 1/2 tbsp of the pecans and then sprinkle each pear half with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Drizzle each pear half with 1/2 tsp of honey. I did this by squeezing the honey into a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon and then drizzling over each pear half.

Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes or until the pears are tender.

Serve with Greek yogurt, if desired.


Nutrition content does not include Greek yogurt.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90 Total Fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 16g Sugar: 11g Protein: 1g

Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans. A healthy holiday dessert option.


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136 comments on “Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans”

  1. I am in LOVE!! I love baked pears very much and seriously think people need to have more pears :) Love the filling here..cranberries and honey? With some crunch!! Yum!!

  2. these remind me of the baklava baked apples! but baked pears are the best :)

  3. Julie, my problem was the opposite when I was a kid. . I ate everything and had a very healthy appetite. :P love love love baked fruit and these pears are gorgeous!!! I love the honey, cranberries and pecans and the cinnamon and nutmeg make them so festive and perfect for the holidays. . LOVE this!!

    • So glad you like this recipe, Alice!
      I’ve definitely expanded my interest and likes in the types of foods I will eat. I will usually at least give something a try now and I eat a lot more variety than I did when I was a kid! Thanks so much for stopping by, Alice! Hope you have a great Christmas and New Years!

  4. What a lovely recipe for the holidays!

  5. Hi Julie – These look delicious to eat anytime of the year! Thank you for the recipe.

  6. I saw these on Instagram and couldn’t wait for the recipe. I love baked pears and they are such an easy treat. The addition of the crunchy pecans and sweet honey is perfect!

  7. These pears look WONDERFUL!!!

  8. I was the worst eater as a kid too! My mom couldn’t even use a knife to spread mayo on my sister’s sandwich, then cut mine in half. I just KNEW. These pears, however, I can’t imagine anyone not loving. They are so stunning, and I love the flavors too!

    • Ack, I had similar quirks – like stuff couldn’t touch each other, I wouldn’t eat anything that had come in contact with fresh tomato. I’m glad I eventually grew out of that, for the most part!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for the compliments, Erin! Hope you have a great Christmas and New Years! :)

  9. I can smell these pears from here… YUM! Making my belly rumble just thinking about them! ;) Happy holidays! Have a great one and eat lots of cookies! :)

    • OMG, they did make my house smell SO good! Now I need to find a way to make my house smell like them ALL the time.

      Hope you have a Happy New Year, Pamela. And thanks for stopping by, too! :)

  10. This is a really great healthy dessert! The different textures all sound great and I especially love pears at this time of the year. xo

  11. These baked pears look amazing! I love the addition of the cranberries and pecans. Can wait to try this fun combo!

  12. These pears are gorgeous!! I love all of the toppings! So pretty! :)

  13. You made me laugh. I bet your parents are bowled over that you are a food blogger of all things!!!! Well I have always liked baked pears. Mom had a dessert with baked pears when I was a kid that was my all time favorite dessert. Your recipe reminded me I had made it in years. I had to pin this one, because I knew I would automatically like it.

    • I know, no one would have ever guessed that I would end up being a food blogger (and liking a variety of foods, too!) when I was a kiddo! Thanks so much for stopping by, Carol. Hope you have a Happy New Year! :)

  14. Oh, don’t worry, I would definitely stop for coffee in the middle of a long walk … I’d have a bit of trouble getting the hubby to do that, though, unfortunately.
    Great idea to make something with fruit … I’m feeling like such a fat piggy today with all the tempting chocolatey things I’ve got hanging about. Love the photos, too!

    • I need to do about 10 more of those walks with all of the food and beer I had over the past week. So right now, I’m doing the low carb thing and making myself exercise every day (that started today haha!).

      Hope you have a great New Years, Helen. Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Ok, These look flipping amazing. So gorgeous!

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  19. It looks yummy..!!!! It’s a unique combination of baked pears and Cranberries along with honey. I will surely try this dish at home. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  20. I think I’m absolutely in love with these pears. Pinned!

  21. Love the pit stop to SB! If I do make it on a walk, I always reward myself with a trip to the ice cream sundae shop. :)
    I have to say these are the most beautiful pears I’ve ever seen! Simply gorgeous!

    • Now there ya go, that’s perfect. Walk to the ice cream shop to burn off the ice cream calories. LOVE it! Thanks so much for stopping by, Gloria. Have a great weekend!

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  28. Wow, they look stunning! They are perfect no guilt dessert!

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  32. These are lovely! They popped up on my Pinterest by accident and I decided to make them for my health-conscious parents. They loved it, even my not-into-fruit-or-health-food boyfriend loved it! They’re very simple but they look and taste elegant and luxurious. Thanks for the recipe, I will be making them more often!

    • Hi Myrthe,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know you and your family enjoyed the recipe. I appreciate it and am happy you enjoyed. :)

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  34. These are beautiful! I bet they smell amazing cooking. Hope to see you at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week. Check us out

  35. These look so good!!! A dessert or a snack!! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned, yummed and tweeted!

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  37. What a wonderful way to enjoy three of my holiday favorites!

  38. These look wonderful! So glad you shared your recipe!

    Thank you for linking up at our Home Matters Link Party!

    Have a lovely evening,

    Randi :)


  39. I love the simplicity of this recipe. It looks so delicious too! Perfect for Thanksgiving or any fall get together. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared

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  41. What an elegant, gorgeous dessert! I bet it tastes amazing too. I’m in love! Pinned and sharing. Thank you for linking up at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party this week. We hope to see you back again starting Sunday at 12 EST.

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  47. These look so pretty and tempting. Definitely my kind of dessert after a Sunday Roast.

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  52. These look so good. Just wanted to let you know your are my favorite pic of the week for tonights. Throwback Thursday Link Party. Can’t wait to see what you bring this week.

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  63. Has anyone tried this same recipe with apples instead of pears? Looks yummy

  64. Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans look yummi and healthy! Definitely i will try this dessert next morning! I found your post from Pinterest! Thanks for sharing!

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  70. I was actually pretty picky also, which drove my mother crazy. She was an amazing cook who prepared dishes from international cuisines. But my tastes expanded and improved, as obviously yours did too! And I’m so glad! These pears are fantastic. A dollop of creme fraiche would be my fave, but also they’d be great for breakfast!

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  75. I’ve used this often and have wanted to tirn it into a baked 8×8 dish just combininyall these ingredients. Any suggestions? I don’t make my own recipes. Need a little help 

    • Hello,

      I am not sure what you are asking? Are you wanting to make something like an apple crisp but with the pears instead?

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  77. Julie this is great! I made these for my GF this morning and they came out wonderful! -Joe

    Rating: 5
  78. Oh my! These baked pears with honey, cranberries and pecans were delicious – and so easy to make! Will have to try this for my family. Thanks so much!

    Rating: 5
  79. My 3-year-old boy is also a picky eater. I’ve tried baked apples and he loved them. Will try the baked pears and pecans. Hope he loves it too. Thank you for sharing. You are a super team.

  80. These look so delicious and are so pretty as well! I love them!

    Rating: 5
  81. I made this for entertaining last weekend. I used toasted walnuts and it was such a hit.

    Rating: 5
  82. Not only are these made with healthy ingredients, they are so festive and gorgeous as well! I haven’t made baked pears in forever but you are making me crave them!

    Rating: 5
  83. I loved this recipe! I had to cook it a little longer. It wasn’t as soft as I liked it after 30 minutes. I cooked it for maybe 40 minutes. Delicious!

    Rating: 5
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  87. I just made this for dessert last night…really didn’t expect it to be that great.

    Rating: 5
  88. So good. I’ve made these twice already. I left the honey out and served them with whipped topping. Yum.

    Rating: 5
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  90. These look so delicious and are so pretty as well! I love them!

    Rating: 5
  91. Do these ever look good! I love that they’re beautiful, look delicious, and are simple to prepare! I’d like to try them this Christmas!

    Rating: 5
  92. I didn’t think that pears can be baked like an apple. Adding honey, cranberries and pecans spice-up the flavor. The regular pear turns into magical food by your recipe.

    Rating: 5
  93. Wow – those are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Can’t wait to what other recipes you’ll bring next week!

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  95. Love this! I’ll be featuring you when the next party starts on my blog, thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party!

  96. What a beautiful festive dessert, Julie, and I love that it is so wholesome and healthy too. your Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans would be for a dinner party – and I’d hope for leftovers for breakfast too! Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Wishing you a wonderful week!

    Rating: 5
  97. What a stunning dessert! And I love that it’s gluten free and healthy!

  98. Yummy, it looks and sounds delicious and the perfect dessert for after a large Christmas feast. Pinned

  99. Oh my, these baked pears look so decadent. Congratulations on being featured at To Grandma’s House we go!

  100. All of your recipes are so great; I really can’t pick out just one. And this baked pear recipe is going to be great this fall. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  101. Oh… These look absolutely fantastic! I have a couple of pears, two different kinds, but both quite juicy and sweet and this will be perfect. I’ll have them tonight for dessert!

    Rating: 5
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  103. Pears are amazing! I will be making it all of the time

    Rating: 5
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  105. Been looking around for a good baked pear recipe when I stumbled upon this one. Easy to prepare, tastes incredible. Great job

  106. Dying to eat this! Will have to try this for my family. Thanks so much! These baked pears with honey, cranberries, and pecans were delicious

    Rating: 5