Maple Walnut Baked Pears

These warm and delicious Maple Walnut Baked Pears are super simple to make with just a handful of ingredients and are perfect for breakfast alone or topped with vanilla yogurt or enjoy for dessert with creamy vanilla ice cream. You just have to try them!

This post is sponsored by Rainier Pears


On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree.

Sorry I couldn’t help myself but this song goes so well with today’s recipe!

So let’s chat about these warm and delicious Maple Walnut Baked Pears shall we? These irresistible Maple Walnut Baked Pears are a must-try and like ASAP! Trust me you won’t be sorry! Whether you make them for breakfast or dessert it’s your choice. You can’t go wrong with either. If it was up to me I’d make them for breakfast then again for dessert, and maybe a midday snack too!


The photo above with actually taken after I was done with the photo shoot and was enjoying one of the pears with some creamy vanilla yogurt. I was able to stop eating it long enough to shoot a photo of this yummy goodness which I couldn’t help but share as well!

Not only are these Maple Walnut Bake Pears crazy good but they couldn’t be any easier to make so they’re perfect for a holiday brunch or even if you’re hosting a little holiday dinner party these would be perfect! Seriously who wouldn’t love these?

And let me not forget to mention that along with the sweetness of the pears the topping is sweetened with simply pure maple syrup which adds incredible flavor mixed with the cinnamon, walnuts and cranberries. Oh so simple but oh so good!

What better choice to make these Maple Walnut Baked Pears with than ripe and juicy Rainier Pears. These pears are so tasty! Pears are Mr. Mother Thyme’s favorite fruit and he has been going crazy of these! Rainier Fruit grows nine varieties of pears including Asian Pear, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Forelle, Green Anjou, Red Bartlett, Seckel and Taylor’s Gold as well as four organic varieties.



Pears are not only delicious but research shows that pears promote overall good health. Another reason why to eat them! They are a high fiber fruit, can help with weight loss and improve digestion. Pears are also packed with antioxidants that help play an essential role in reducing risks of prevalent diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. Pears are also a great immune-boosting vitamin C; something we all need this time of year!

Rainier Fruit also grow and ships apples, cherries an organic blueberries. They are one of the largest family owned growers in the United States, but they started from humble beginnings back in 1888 when their ancestors moved from Virginia to a small plot of land in the shadow of Mt. Rainier near Selah, Washington. Hence the name Rainier Fruit.


Aren’t you craving a sweet, juicy pear right about now? I sure am!

It’s National Pear Month!

Truly these are fantastic pears perfect for snacking, to slice and toss in a salad, for canning, baked in a pie, in this Maple Walnut Baked Pears, you name it all perfect for National Pear Month which kicks of today! Yes that’s right December is National Pear Month and not only that but December 2nd is #WorldPearDay. Lots to celebrate all my pear loving friends!

To find out more about Rainier Fruit and their delicious pears along with their apples, cherries, blueberries visit their website HERE or you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@RainierFruit) Pinterest and Instagram (@RainierFruit) or check out hashtag #WholesomeToTheCore and #RainierFruit.


Some more tips about pears

  • Pears actually ripen best off the tree so they are picked when they are mature but not quite ripe. After going through a brief chilling period, pears ripen from the inside out. 
  • Want to know if a pear is ripe? Then “Check the Neck”. If you’re looking for a pear to eat right away, gently press your finger into the top of the pear just where the stem connects to the fruit. If it just starts to give, the pear is ripe and ready to enjoy!
  • Store pears at room temperature and they will ripen in a few days. To speed up the process, place pears in a paper bag with a ripe banana or apple. 
  • Always wash pears in cool water before using.

I’ve teamed up with some other bloggers to bring you some fun and festive ideas and recipes this week along with a giveaway filled with goodies from Envy Apples, Jarlsberg Cheese, Rainier Pears and NatureSweet Tomatoes! Just fill the entry form below for your chance to WIN!!

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And be sure to check out my other #MerryEats week post featuring my Caprese Cheese Board and Holiday Apple Centerpiece and easy Apple Cider Moscow Mules!


Maple Walnut Baked Pears

  • Author: Jenn - Mother Thyme
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 5


  • 5 Rainier Fruit D’Anjou Pears
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice pears in half lengthwise.
  3. Using a spoon scoop out the seeds and make a little well in the center.
  4. Place pears in a 9×13 baking dish.
  5. Brush pears with melted butter and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
  6. In a small bowl mix together walnuts, cranberries, maple syrup and remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon until combined.
  7. Scoop some of the mixture in the center of each pear. Reserve any of the cinnamon syrup that collected in the bottom of the bowl.
  8. Bake pears on the center rack for 30-40 minutes until nice and tender.
  9. Remove and cool slightly before serving.
  10. Before serving drizzle any reserved cinnamon syrup.


I like to reserve the sweet cinnamon syrup that collects at the bottom of the bowl with the walnut mixture and use that to drizzle on the warm baked pears. If you don’t have enough syrupy goodness and can easily whip up more by taking a few tablespoons of maple syrup mixed well with about 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and then drizzle over the pears before serving or even on top of the yogurt or ice cream that you might serve it with. It’s so good!

I actually only use 9 halves so I have an extra half left which I snack on while the pears are baking! Feel free to bake it too or enjoy snacking on it like me!

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