cardamom pear crisp {in jars}

When choosing the dessert for my last workshop, I knew it would include pears. After all, I had been craving them all month!  I thought about turning the Gingerbread Pear Galette into a dessert-in-jar creation but decided it would be much better try something new.

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Cardamom adds the perfect amount of warmth to this winter treat.  Topped with homemade whipped cream (or served warm with a scoop of ice cream), this dessert is sure to please.

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Theoretically, this recipe could even be reduced to create one perfect dessert-in-jar treat (or two, just in case you need a back-up).  I even stumbled across some delicious variations HERE and HERE.  The printable recipe is below.

Cardamom Pear Crisp {in jars}

Yield: 6-8 oz. jars


  • Filling:
  • 8 medium pears
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspooon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel pears and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Put into a large bowl and toss with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Pour over sliced pears and mix well.
  4. Fill jars with pear mixture. (Pack them in to about a quarter inch from the top of the jar as they will cook down during baking.)
  5. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, cardamom, ginger, and salt; mix well.
  6. Add softened butter, blending well with a fork.
  7. Distribute the topping evenly over each jar, packing down tightly.
  8. Place the jars about 2-inches apart on a cookie sheet and back for 25-30 minutes (or until top is golden brown).
  9. Serve warm or allow to cool down to room temperature before putting lids on.

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