Cardamom Caramel and Pear Cookie Crumble Cups {paleo + vegan}

These cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups are made with fragrant pears simmered in a cardamom and cinnamon spiced coconut sugar caramel. Served with your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream and Simple Mills crunchy toasted pecan cookies. A crazy delicious seasonal dessert that is naturally sweetened, vegan and paleo friendly!

These cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups are made with fragrant pears simmered in a cardamom and cinnamon spiced coconut sugar caramel. Served with your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream and Simple Mills crunchy toasted pecan cookies. A crazy delicious seasonal dessert that is naturally sweetened, vegan and paleo friendly!
 
Ohhh my MY. These cardamom CARAMEL and pear cookie crumble cups (say that three times fast!) are like a giant dessert hug from all that is fall and I am SO excited to share this easy and incredibly splendid recipe with you.

THEY ARE BEYOND, YOU GUYS. I know I say that sort of thing a lot around here, but uhhhh my goodness.

They are perfectly fall in every aspect of their dessert-ness and I’m literally obsessed. Plus they are made with only one pan and ready in 30 minute so I just know you’re gonna love ’em.

And then we can be obsessed together and have dinner parties where we serve cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups for dessert and everyone else is gonna fall in love with them toooo.

Sound like a plan? 😉

These cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups are made with fragrant pears simmered in a cardamom and cinnamon spiced coconut sugar caramel. Served with your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream and Simple Mills crunchy toasted pecan cookies. A crazy delicious seasonal dessert that is naturally sweetened, vegan and paleo friendly!


 
Let me paint a picture for you: sweet seasonal pears draped in a gently spiced coconut sugar caramel over creamy vanilla ice cream with the best grain free crunchy cookies that are smartly sweetened and entirely plant based. How could you not be obsessed?

Which is why I’m teaming up with Simple Mills to bring you this cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cup recipe – because enjoying the best of this season should be not only good but also good for you.

I have been munching away on everything Simple Mills ever since I found out about my food sensitivities a couple of years ago. I remember the first time I tried their products and how shocked I was that something SO good was something that I could still eat. During a time where I had to say “no thank you” to so many offers of treats and snacks this felt like such a blessing.

Simple Mills crunchy cookies are paleo friendly, naturally sweetened, and made with 10 simple ingredients – all of which are certified gluten free and free of grains, soy, corn, dairy & gums/emulsifiers.

But most importantly – they’re freaking delicious.

The ideal sweet snacking cookie for satisfying your sweet tooth without any of the inflammatory sugar or weird ingredients that you often find in packaged sweets.

And they make these cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups out-of-this-world deeeelish.

These cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups are made with fragrant pears simmered in a cardamom and cinnamon spiced coconut sugar caramel. Served with your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream and Simple Mills crunchy toasted pecan cookies. A crazy delicious seasonal dessert that is naturally sweetened, vegan and paleo friendly!
 
Let’s get down to the sweet and yummy details of how you make them.

how to make these cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups

 

Ok, so first things first let’s get this out of the way.

I knowwww that “cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups” kind of makes this dessert sound like it’s complicated and hard to make. But I promise you they are CRAZY easy. There was just a lot of information that needed to be shared in the recipe title 😂

Seriously though – they are ready in 30 minutes and also make ahead friendly <– YES.

So you can prepare the caramel and pears ahead of time and and tuck them into your refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them up. Or you know, make a small bowl of this goodness just for yourself on a Wednesday night after dinner.

#dessertgoals

What makes these cookie crumble cups so easy to make is that the only part of the dessert that you’re actually “making” is the cardamom spiced caramel sauce with pears. And they are made in one pan with the help of a few measuring spoons and a slotted spoon.

Minimal dishes, maximum flavor!

Here’s a little play-by-play:

  1. Combine diced pears with coconut milk, spices, vanilla, and coconut sugar in a small sauce pan and simmer until pears are tender but not mushy.
  2. Move the pears to a bowl using a slotted spoon – leaving the coconut caramel behind in the pan.
  3. Continue to simmer the caramel and reduce it until it is rich and lusciousssss.
  4. When the caramel is finished you just add the pears back to the coconut caramel sauce and let it cool slightly. Then you can serve it over your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream with crumbled Simple Mills crunchy toasted pecan cookies.

See?! So easy!

These cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups are made with fragrant pears simmered in a cardamom and cinnamon spiced coconut sugar caramel. Served with your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream and Simple Mills crunchy toasted pecan cookies. A crazy delicious seasonal dessert that is naturally sweetened, vegan and paleo friendly! These cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups are made with fragrant pears simmered in a cardamom and cinnamon spiced coconut sugar caramel. Served with your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream and Simple Mills crunchy toasted pecan cookies. A crazy delicious seasonal dessert that is naturally sweetened, vegan and paleo friendly! These cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups are made with fragrant pears simmered in a cardamom and cinnamon spiced coconut sugar caramel. Served with your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream and Simple Mills crunchy toasted pecan cookies. A crazy delicious seasonal dessert that is naturally sweetened, vegan and paleo friendly!

These cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups are made with fragrant pears simmered in a cardamom and cinnamon spiced coconut sugar caramel. Served with your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream and Simple Mills crunchy toasted pecan cookies. A crazy delicious seasonal dessert that is naturally sweetened, vegan and paleo friendly!
 
“Easy to make” is actually a recent goal that I’ve set for the recipes I share here on Nyssa’s Kitchen.

I remember when I first started this blog and feeling like I had to make the most interesting, complicated, never-been-done-before recipes. Which are fun to make sometimes, but not the most practical for every day. I would find the next “extra” thing I could add or do to a recipe and go there every time.

It was kind of exhausting, actually.

So now, for the sake of easiness, I’m focusing more on how I can simplify recipes while still delivering the MOST and BEST flavors.

Because “simple” and “easy” and “healthy” and “delicious” can all live happily under the same roof if you start with the right recipe and the right ingredients.

And these cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups are here to prove it 😉

These cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups are made with fragrant pears simmered in a cardamom and cinnamon spiced coconut sugar caramel. Served with your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream and Simple Mills crunchy toasted pecan cookies. A crazy delicious seasonal dessert that is naturally sweetened, vegan and paleo friendly!
 

where can you buy Simple mills crunchy toasted pecan cookies?

 

Many natural grocers and even some more mainstream grocery stores sell them, but if you don’t see the bright yellow and white boxes on the shelves, or just want to enjoy the convenience of having them delivered right to your front door bc #lifeisbusy, you can buy the crunchy toasted pecan cookies via this link on Amazon.

In addition to these yummy and healthy cookies they also make clean and tasty products like sprouted seed crackers, almond flour crackers (my go to fave!), soft baked cookies, baking mixes, and frostings. I have tried them all and my taste buds and bod have never been disappointed.

These cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups are made with fragrant pears simmered in a cardamom and cinnamon spiced coconut sugar caramel. Served with your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream and Simple Mills crunchy toasted pecan cookies. A crazy delicious seasonal dessert that is naturally sweetened, vegan and paleo friendly!
 
TBH I’m not even sure how I ever lived without these cookie crumble cups.

They’re so good that once you’ve tucked your spoon into one with all it’s warm spiced pear caramel, sweet cold ice cream and crispy crunchy cookie goodness it’s basically impossible to imagine life without them.

Let’s get to making some!

This post is sponsored by Simple Mills – a clean food company that makes wholesome, convenient foods that taste great.. All content and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Nyssa’s Kitchen possible!

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Cardamom Caramel and Pear Cookie Crumble Cups {paleo + vegan}


  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

These cardamom caramel and pear cookie crumble cups are made with fragrant pears simmered in a cardamom and cinnamon spiced coconut sugar caramel. Served with your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream and Simple Mills crunchy toasted pecan cookies. A crazy delicious seasonal dessert that is naturally sweetened, vegan and paleo friendly!

 


Ingredients

for cardamom caramel and pears

  • 3 small or 2 large ripe but firm bartlett pears, diced to about 1/2 an inch size pieces (approximately 3 cups) 
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk 
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 

for serving

  • 8 crumbled crunchy toasted pecan simple mills cookies + a few extra for the tops of the cups
  • 1 pint dairy free vanilla ice cream 

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients for the cardamom caramel and pears and bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to a simmer. 
  2. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until pears are tender but not mushy. The simmering time will vary based on how ripe they were when you started. Ripe pears will cook and soften much faster than unripe pears. When they’re done you want them to be tender but still hold their shape.
  3. Remove pears from the caramel to a small bowl using a slotted spoon and set aside. 
  4. Increase heat ever so slightly to a strong simmer and reduce caramel for about 15 minutes. Stir frequently to keep it from sticking to the sides and bottom of the pan and keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t bubble over. Reduce until mixture is thick and bubbles start to slow. 
  5. Fold pears back into the caramel sauce, and set aside to cool slightly. When caramel and pears and are warm but not too hot, layer in a small cup with crumbled simple mills cookies and your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream. 

Notes

  • This recipe is for 4 servings but you may have a little extra caramel sauce leftover. I’m sure no one will complain 🙂

 

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