Chewy Pear Bars

Makes 15 large squares, 30 small rectangles


For the crust:

3 cups graham cracker crumbs

¾ cup unsalted butter, melted

¼ cup sugar

For the Filling:

2 ½ cups dark or light brown sugar

3 eggs, lightly beaten

2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs

1 cup peeled and diced pears (about 2 pears)

2 T all purpose flour

1 t vanilla

1 t cinnamon

½ t ground ginger

¾ t salt

½ t baking powder


Place crust ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Using a fork stir ingredients until incorporated. Press into bottom of a 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

While crust is baking, use the same bowl to combine brown sugar, graham crumbs for the filling and flour. Stir well until flour is well incorporated. Stir in cinnamon, ginger, salt and baking powder. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until batter is formed. Fold in chopped pears.

Pour filling over browned crust and spread to edges. Return to oven and bake an additional 25-30 minutes or until mixture is set in the center. Allow to cool completely before cutting.