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Pecan Pear Muffins

These muffins are delicious! Chock-full of pears, pecans and down-home goodness, the moist sweet treats are terrific with a glass of cold milk or a steaming cup of coffee. -Laura Ward, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen


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


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, combine the eggs, oil and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the pears and pecans.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 259 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Elizabeth
    Jan 29, 2021

    Easy recipe, I used ripe pears, doubled the cinnamon, added ginger, used 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup raw sugar. The dough is wet so I used 1 tsp soda and 1 tsp baking powder. I wish I had thought of lemon zest. Next time...This recipe will call to your culinary creativity.

  • AnnKup
    Oct 31, 2020

    Delicious! I made half the recipe for 12 muffins. My pears were not very sweet, so the batter sweetness was not overpowering. I made them gluten free and used double the cinnamon. We all enjoyed them. I will try reducing the sugar a bit next time. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Laurie
    Oct 28, 2020

    I made these using pears from our old tree in the back yard. It's a Keifer pear tree, they are best for canning and have a very firm texture. I added 1/2 cup of sugar from the recipe along with the juice and zest of 1 lemon to macerate the pears. I also added 1 teaspoon of dry ginger because pears and ginger are a great combination. These muffins are perfect and I will be sure to make them again. Pears that you find at the supermarket usually have more sugar than the old fashioned variety that I used. That can account for a "too sweet" muffin.

  • Heather
    Aug 23, 2020

    Contest winner eh? And from all the reviews you all must have a major sweet tooth. I found these sickeningly sweet. WAY too much sugar. I can’t even get past a muffin. Will not make again. More like dessert pie puffs. Don’t expect a muffin, expect dessert.

  • Randi
    Nov 28, 2019

    These muffins are fantastic. I was a little concerned that the muffins would be dry when I first mixed the wet with the dry ingredients. However, once I added the pears, the mix loosened up. They turned out to be moist and delicious. I'll make these again and again.

  • NHogue738
    Nov 21, 2019

    Delicious! Left brunch with a clean plate.

  • Suzanne
    Sep 29, 2017

    This is by far the best muffins we have ever eaten. I made a double recipe and I know my freezer will be raided. Thank you Laura for sharing!

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Dec 6, 2016

    These were delicious. I made half with walnuts and half without nuts, and both versions were excellent. I also added 1/2 tsp more cinnamon, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. The pears made them nice and moist. My pears were not super ripe, and the sweetness level was perfect for us; if I ever make this recipe with very ripe pears, I will reduce the sugar a bit.

  • dilbert098
    Sep 18, 2016

    These muffins are fantastic. I made them exactly as the recipe stated. I might use brown sugar next time, but they are oh so good, definitely sweet, but I like sweet.

  • JLAsMama
    Sep 8, 2015

    I just made these this morning to use up some overripe pears. Tried one while it was still warm. These were moist and very good! I took a few suggestions by other reviewers: used a little less sugar (just under 1/2 cup white and 1/2 cup brown), added nutmeg, and I substituted walnuts for the pecans because that's what I had...and I like walnuts with pears. Will definitely make again!