Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
9 servings

Look for amaretti cookies at specialty stores and gourmet grocers. And choose slightly under-ripe, firm pears.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Place pears in a large bowl. Sprinkle with 6 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, juice, and salt; toss well to coat. Transfer mixture to an 11 x 7–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Step 3

Place cookies in a food processor; process until finely ground. Weigh or lightly spoon remaining 25 ounces (about 1/2 cup) flour into a dry measuring cup. Combine 25 ounces flour, cookie crumbs, and remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in nuts. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over pear mixture. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until pears are tender. Let stand 10 minutes.

Step 4

Combine cream and powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Divide crisp evenly among 9 bowls; top each serving with about 1 tablespoon whipped cream.

Ratings & Reviews

MichelleGray's Review

November 28, 2011

ElleAnn's Review

December 19, 2009
Yum! I used almond biscotti instead of amaretti cookies (didn't want to track them down at a specialty shop.) Turned out great!

meanbean's Review

December 10, 2009
Delicious! My family loved this recipe. I added a touch of almond extract to the whipped cream which enhanced the almond flavor of the crisp.