Pear Coffee Cake Cookies

October 10th, 2013 at 8:08 am

These gluten-free, grain-free cookies taste like coffee cake in cookie form! Grated pear adds extra sweetness and soft texture.

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Every year when summer fades into fall, I find myself becoming more introspective as the seasons change. There’s a natural rhythm that seems to point me back into my self to do some soul searching, goal setting, and life evaluating. It’s a time that I used to fear and find uncomfortable, but over the years I’ve grown to appreciate it and now look forward to every fall when I know I’ll find the old feeling creeping back in again.

While the past few months and weeks have been a struggle as I work through my back problem, I’ve also been made keenly aware of the lavish blessings showered upon my life. As I’ve taken some time to evaluate where I’m at in my life, I’ve been reminded that things I flippantly take for granted are things that others pray for every single day.

There are things I’ve experienced in my short 22 years that many will never see, feel, or do in their lifetime.

There are people in my life that—no matter my attitude, circumstances, or mistakes—have only one goal in mind: to lift me higher.

The other day I read a banner on Pinterest (also known as The Mecca of Inspirational Quotes) that said:

If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world.

If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation, you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.

If you can read this message, you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

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And yet there are many days where I completely disregard all that has been entrusted to me and live my moments without being grateful. Once.

It hit me hard the other morning when I rolled out of bed and the first thought in my mind was one of disappointment. I can’t even remember what I was upset about (how pathetic is that?), but I do remember walking into the kitchen for a glass of water and thinking, What is wrong with you? This is no way to start your day!

To work on what I now call my Gratitude Deficiency, I’ve been making more of an effort to stop at regular intervals throughout my day—whether I’m just washing dishes, walking, sending emails, or lying in bed at night—to “press pause” on my life and take a minute to reflect during that very moment on what I’m grateful for.

For the brief time that I’ve been doing it, it’s been adding so much joy to my life. I feel more blessed than ever when I make moments of gratitude central in my life.

I read this on my tea bag the other day and thought it was spot on:


One of the biggest joys in my life is this space. The simple act of sharing recipes and talking about food with you all is something that helps me live a more wholehearted life. When I started this blog 4 years ago, I doubted that anyone would read it. Me of little faith! Daily Bites has turned into more than I ever could have hoped for.

So whether you’re a regular reader or a newbie, thank you for being here. You’re not just a reader to me. You’re a person with a story, with a gift, with a future. And I like to think that through the crazy cyber waves that I don’t even understand and across however many miles, we’re all friends here.

So in the spirit of gratitude, friendship, and fall, I thought it was high time for a new cookie recipe. These Pear Coffee Cake Cookies are moist, sweet, and almost breakfasty. Truth be told, I’m a bit obsessed with almond flour lately. (If you can’t eat nuts, don’t worry. I’ve got a beautiful seasonal nut-free treat coming your way next week.)

You can enjoy these cookies to your heart’s content under one condition: be grateful for every single bite.

Happy baking!

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Pear Coffee Cake Cookies

Yield: Makes 22-24 cookies

These gluten-free, grain-free cookies taste like coffee cake in cookie form! Grated pear adds extra sweetness and soft texture.


For the cookies:

1 cup blanched almond flour

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 large egg, room temperature

1 medium pear, peeled, cored, and grated on the large holes of a box grater

1/4 cup unsweetened creamy almond butter, cashew butter, or peanut butter

2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted

1/3 cup raw pecans, chopped

For the streusel:

1/4 cup raw pecans, finely chopped

2 tablespoons coconut sugar

1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut sugar, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, grated pear, nut butter, and coconut oil. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir thoroughly to form a dough. Stir in the pecans.

Drop tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Gently flatten each cookie with your fingertips to about 1/2-inch thick.

In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the streusel. Sprinkle a little of the streusel on top of each cookie and press gently to adhere.

Bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes until golden brown and just firm to the touch. (Cookies will continue to firm up as they cool.) Cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or freeze for longer storage.


  1. Stephanie said on October 10, 2013 at 8:39 am

    This was very well said – and just what I needed to hear this morning. I, too, am struggling with gratitude right now, which is very unusual for me, and so that makes it seem even more wrong!! I just need to wake up each day ready to carry my own cross – which right now is one of back and auto immune pain.

    The 25# box of cashews we ordered arrived yesterday, so I had your Chewy Apricot Cashew cookies on the agenda for today….but I just might have to add these to the agenda as well!! We are traveling this weekend, so two batches of cookies seems like a good idea! ;0)

    Keep smiling, sweet girl –

  2. Yes, this confirms it Hallie. We are long lost cookie sisters. Incredible recipe! I am so grateful for you and all of my amazing blogging friends who always inspire me.

    • Maggie: Right back at ya, sister! I love all of my blogging pals and the inspiration that I get on a daily basis. the positive energy around healthy food and nourishment is what keeps me going some days. :)

  3. Hallie you’ve got to submit this recipe for Frog Hollow Farm’s Prepare A Pear contest. These cookies look delish! Here’s the link:

  4. What a beautiful idea of a cookie. Almost as beautiful as the reminder to be grateful for what we have.

  5. Jen Wheeler said on December 17, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I made these last weekend and they are delicious! They taste like a mini coffee cake! Love the pear as a sweetener!

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