Bartlett Pear Orange Bar Cookies

Bartlett Pear Orange Bar Cookies

Pears in the middle layer of the easy-to-do-bar cookies are a fruity surprise!


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Serves: 24 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 50 mins

Yield: 24 x bars

Heart-Friendly Recipe Diabetes-Friendly Recipe Low-Carb Recipe


  • 3 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 6 Northwest Bartlett pears (or other seasonal pears), pared and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp grated orange peel
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar (for glaze)
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla (for glaze)
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice or milk (for glaze)


PEAR BARS: Combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Stir in about 1/2 cup milk, one tablespoon at a time, until all flour is moistened.

Divide dough in half. Roll out half dough to 17 x 12-inch rectangle. Carefully place in 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Arrange pear slices over crumbs. Combine sugar and orange peel; sprinkle over pear slices.

Roll out remaining dough to 15 x 10-inch rectangle and place on top of pears; seal and flute edges. Cut several steam vents in top of crust. Brush top of pastry with milk. Bake at 375°F for 45 to 55 minutes or until pastry is golden. Brush with Orange Glaze while warm.

ORANGE GLAZE: Combine sifted powdered sugar, vanilla and orange juice (or milk); stir until smooth. Makes 1/3 cup.


Slice smaller for a lower-calorie treat (24 to 30 bars).

Thanks to Pear Bureau Northwest -

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 147 cals
Kilojoules 612 kJ
Fat 3.7 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 225 mg
Carbohydrates 26.6 g
Fiber 1.8 g
Total Sugars 10.8 g
Protein 2.3 g
Calcium 17.0 mg
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