Caramelized Pear Scones

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy.

Caramelized pear scones make the perfect fall breakfast or afternoon treat! Soft and pillowy with nicely golden edges, each bite is filled with fall flavor.

Caramelized Pear Scones

Drizzled with brown butter and cinnamon glaze, you’ll push these scones right to the top of your must-bake list! To make the scones, sauté pears in butter and brown sugar until lightly caramelized. Gently fold the pears into the scone dough, which is nicely spiced with cinnamon and cardamom. Bake until golden, then let cool before scoring into wedges and adding the glaze.

Caramelized Pear Scones

clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Caramelized Pear Scones



  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup diced pears
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of cardamom
  • 1/4 cup chilled unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup cold low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg


  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp milk


  1. Heat butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat; add pears and sauté until tender and golden, about 5 minutes. Add brown sugar and sauté until melted. Remove pears from heat and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom in a large bowl. Dice butter into 1/2-inch pieces; sprinkle over flour mixture and use a pastry cutter to cut in evenly until mixture resembles coarse meal; chill in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk together buttermilk and egg in a small bowl; add to flour mixture and fold in just until incorporated. Fold in caramelized pears. Use a floured bench scraper to scrape dough out onto prepared baking sheet; lightly dust dough with flour, flour hands, and pat dough into an 8-inch circle. Score into 12 wedges with floured bench scraper.
  4. Bake 17 to 18 minutes, until golden. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet, then carefully transfer to wire rack to cool before slicing into wedges. For the glaze, cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Whisk together brown butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and milk in a small bowl until smooth.
  5. Set rack with scones over a piece of wax paper and drizzle with glaze; let set before serving. Scones are best fresh – if not serving immediately, store unglazed in an airtight container and glaze just before serving.


  • Calories: 200

Keywords: Pear, Scones, Breakfast, Brown Butter

Caramelized Pear Scones

More pear recipes to try:

Pear Cranberry Upside Down Cake
Oatmeal Cookie Pear Bars
Brown Butter Pear Crumb Cake

Leave a Comment & Rate this Recipe

If you love this recipe, please consider leaving a comment and review to help other readers. If you have a question, I'd love to hear from you too.

As always, thanks for your feedback!

Recipe rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Great photos! Cinnamon and pear goes almost better together than cinnamon and apple (shhh, don’t tell anyone), so I’m sure these are absolutely amazing!

  2. Wow, I love how you seemed to get a beautifully cake-y scone. And I love that you’ve stepped outside the normal (ahem overused) fall flavors to try something a little different. I love pears and think they could infuse a lot of flavor here!

  3. Can’t believe how organised you are! My blogging ideas are just on post-its everywhere. Maybe I should take notes on your technique……Very intrigued by this recipe. I am a purist when it comes to scones but like the sound of this.

  4. Oh my gosh, one I wish I had a list and was organized like you. PLEASe email me with tips! haha! 🙂

    Two, these scones look to die for. Love the caramelized pears!

  5. These look simply perfect! Love that combination of pear with cinnamon and cardamom! Pinning these to bake for Sunday morning!

  6. Drizzled with brown butter and cinnamon glaze, I can see why these are your favorite scones recipe to date! Pinned and these look so beautiful!!

  7. Brilliant flavors! I haven’t indulged on pears yet this season, now I have an excuse. My to-bake list will take five lifetimes to complete, at least. 😀

  8. I can just taste these now, love the sound of these, Laura, and they look like they have an especially nice, cakey texture, too!

  9. I always think pears get short shrift in my baking repertoire! I definitely need to fix that with these. They look divine!

  10. Unfortunately, I can’t taste them but I LOVE they sound of these scones! Caramelized pears sound simply incredible. By the way, I am not nearly as organized as you, Laura! 😉

  11. Such gorgeous pears! I’m charmed by their dazzling color and voluptuous caramelized flavor. Nestled inside the buttery scone makes for a fabulous fall treat!