Pear-Ginger Cookies

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As much as I love apples and apple pie, pears entice me strangely.  Pear recipes usually take a week’s advance planning for ripening time, but these cookies can be made with not-quite-ripe pears.

Pear-Ginger Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 medium-large pear, peeled, cored and diced into ½ inch cubes, or shredded (depending on ripeness)
  • 1/2 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

In a small bowl, stir together oats, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

Melt butter in microwave at 10-second intervals until fully melted. Place in a large bowl with brown sugar and sugar. Whisk until combined. Add the egg and vanilla, whisking until combined. Stir in applesauce and then fold in pear pieces, ginger, and walnuts (if using).

Cover bowl and dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350° F and grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper.

Drop tablespoons of dough on sheet and flatten with back of spoon. Bake for 10 minutes, or until bottoms begin to brown. Let cool on sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

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