Gingersnap cookie crumbs are the base of the sweet, nut-filled crumble that tops this pear crisp.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Adjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix gingersnap crumbs, flour, brown sugar, nuts (or oatmeal) and butter in a medium bowl; set aside. Place pears in a medium bowl.

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  • Bring 1 cup of the pear syrup, 1/4 cup sugar, ginger and cloves to boil in a small saucepan. Whisk cornstarch into remaining 2 Tbs. pear juice, then whisk it into boiling syrup; continue to simmer until thick, less than a minute. Pour over pears, toss to coat and turn into a 9-inch square baking pan.

  • Sprinkle crumble clusters over pears. Bake until topping is golden and pears are bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool until warm and serve.

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Nutrition Facts

395.8 calories; 3 g protein; 67 g carbohydrates; 19.1 mg cholesterol; 120.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2006
My boyfriend LOVES when I make this and it was a big hit at my work's holiday party. A few modifications I made: for the topping I use 1/2 c oatmeal AND 1/2 c chopped walnuts & pecans.. it makes it extra crunchy & extra nutty. Also I use 3 c fresh pears & 3 c fresh apples. Where the recipe calls for boiling the pear syrup I make my own syrup with 1 c water 1/2 cup sugar & 1/4 brown sugar. I use nutmeg in place of cloves and added in about 1 tbsp cinnamon. Served HOT with vanilla ice cream.. absolutely delicious:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/26/2005
Not bad but a bit bland even with the ginger and cloves. If I try this again I'd add cinnamon and kick up the ginger and cloves a touch. I had a LOT of juice in the pan after baking. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2006
My boyfriend LOVES when I make this and it was a big hit at my work's holiday party. A few modifications I made: for the topping I use 1/2 c oatmeal AND 1/2 c chopped walnuts & pecans.. it makes it extra crunchy & extra nutty. Also I use 3 c fresh pears & 3 c fresh apples. Where the recipe calls for boiling the pear syrup I make my own syrup with 1 c water 1/2 cup sugar & 1/4 brown sugar. I use nutmeg in place of cloves and added in about 1 tbsp cinnamon. Served HOT with vanilla ice cream.. absolutely delicious:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/25/2005
Not bad but a bit bland even with the ginger and cloves. If I try this again I'd add cinnamon and kick up the ginger and cloves a touch. I had a LOT of juice in the pan after baking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2011
I've made this twice in the last five days. The first time was for a funeral at church so I tripled the recipe and the second time was for dessert for our Bible Study group. The first time I processed the ginger snaps finely and used almonds in the topping. I didn't think the top was crispy enough so today I left some chunks in the ginger snaps and I used oatmeal instead of the almonds. I preferred that topping. Since there is a good bit of juice that accumulates in the bottom of the bowl of chopped pears I drain off as much as possible but both times I put some extra corn starch in the sauce to make sure it thickens enough. I found it baked up perfectly that way. I also added a little more ground ginger to the sauce to give it a little more kick. I thought this was delicious as did everyone else who tried it. This may be my new favorite fall recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2007
Delicious! The gingersnaps I used gave plenty of spicy flavor so I will use less clove and ground ginger next time. Nutmeg sounds like a good addition. I will use both nuts and oatmeal next time in the topping. Pears and gingersnaps... great combination. Baked up well no extra juice for me. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/29/2008
The crumble topping was just amazing! Really crispy rich & flavourful. I used flaked almonds in mine. However just like others I found the pears were bland. They just didn't stand up to the bold flavour of the topping. Would like to try this again using apple instead. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/21/2007
We love this recipe! I'm making it again to bring to dinner with my grandparents-in-law. We like lots of spices so I added 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/06/2008
It was kinda good but really pretty bland. It would probably be good with apples or fresh pears. One good thing about this recipe though is it was good left-over and cold. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2009
I love the crumble topping on this! It was also a breeze to make. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2011
Pretty good and very easy! Read More
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