baked pears with maple bourbon glaze on white platter

Baked Pears with Maple Bourbon Glaze (vegan option)

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 - 10 servings 1x


Baked pears with sweet bourbon glaze and homemade whipped cream are an impressive and delicious holiday dessert. This fruit dessert recipe appears fancy, but it is SO easy to make! Perfect to serve for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or holiday parties.



  • 68 Seckel pears, cut into half from top to bottom

Maple Bourbon Glaze

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup, divided
  • 1 tbsp butter or refined coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • optional: 2 tbsp amaretto or bourbon 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. chilled heavy cream or 26 oz. coconut cream, chilled 24 hours
  • 1 dash ground ginger and/or cinnamon 
  • 1 pinch sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Combine maple syrup, butter/oil, spices, bourbon (if using), and vanilla extract in a small pot. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Place sliced pears on a baking sheet or in a roasting pan, cut side facing up.
  4. Brush the maple bourbon glaze onto the pears with marinade brush. Place pan in oven and bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes, or until pears are tender, soft, and golden. 
  5. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before plating.
  6. To make whipped cream (can be made a day ahead of time and chilled in the fridge, covered). Place chilled heavy cream in a bowl. Mix in 3 tbsp maple syrup and any additional spices. Using a hand or  stand mixer, whip for 2-5 minutes until whipped cream is formed.
  7. If using coconut cream- discard the water and only whip the chilled coconut cream portion. See coconut whip frosting post for more information. 


  • If you don’t have sekel pears, I recommend using red anjou pears. They are similar in taste. Not as tart. Baking times may vary.
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 pear with 1/4 c whip

Keywords: baked pears, maple bourbon glaze, vegan desserts, baked fruit