Gingerbread Pear Muffins


For a delicious spiced muffin recipe try this mixture of chocolate, cinnamon, ginger, and molasses.

Gingerbread Pear Muffins
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • cup mild-flavored molasses

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup boiling water

  • 2 small pears, cut in 6 wedges each

  • 3 ounce dark or bittersweet chocolate broken in small pieces

  • Raw sugar, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray and flour.

  2. In large bowl combine flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a second bowl whisk together molasses, butter, brown sugar, and egg. Pour into flour mixture. Stir until combined. Whisk in boiling water. Divide evenly among muffin cups. Add 1 pear wedge to each muffin, press lightly.

  3. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Sprinkle with raw sugar. Add chocolate piece to top of muffins. Cool in pan on rack 10 minutes. Use table knife to smooth melted chocolate. Remove from cups. Cool completely on wire rack. Makes 12.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

221 Calories
7g Fat
39g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 221
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 337mg 7%
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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