Cranberry Pear Crumble Pie

Juicy pears, tart ruby red cranberries, and a buttery brown sugar topping come together in this downright addicting cranberry pear crumble pie. You won’t be able to stop stealing tastes of this pear pie filling– it’s SO GOOD.

slice of cranberry pear crumble pie on a pie server

This cranberry pear crumble pie is a new favorite this time of year. Between those creamy pears, the bursts of tart cranberry, the flaky pie crust, and the buttery brown sugar crumbles– there isn’t a soul on Thanksgiving Day who won’t beg you for this pie recipe. Guaranteed.

Cranberry pear crumble pie

I’m working with Harry and David again this year! I said it before and I’ll say it again: Harry, David, and I (lol!) are a natural pairing. Pear-ing. 😉

Growing up, my dad came home from work with holiday gift baskets galore. My sisters and I dove headfirst for the Moose Munch, often negotiating with our parents for just one more handful before bedtime. That stuff is gold and you can’t deny it.

Harry and David is also known for their hand-picked and high-quality southern Oregon pears. If you’ve ever had a H&D pear, you know they’re the sweetest, juiciest, most buttery tasting pears around. The pears are in their prime right now! Harry and David sent me a box of their Royal Riviera pears and asked that I create two recipes this holiday season.

The perfect pears for the perfect pie. Let’s welcome Harry & David to Pie Week!

Box of Harry and David Pears

Box of Harry and David Pears

Sliced pears for pear pie filling

How to Make Cranberry Pear Crumble Pie

Let’s break today’s pear pie down in 3 parts.

  1. Buttery pie crust: Use my can’t fail all butter pie crust or my buttery flaky pie crust. Both yield 2 crusts and make an excellent base for this sky-high pear pie. You’ll have an extra crust leftover, so whip up a praline pumpkin pie too. Another favorite!
  2. Juicy cranberry pear pie filling: Have I mentioned it’s juicy? All the normal pie squad is here including sugar to sweeten, flour to thicken, cinnamon and ginger for extra yum, and a little squeeze of lemon to keep the flavors bright. Fresh or frozen cranberries work wonders for a ruby red pop of flavor and our FAVORITE pears bring it all home.
  3. Brown sugar crumble topping: If precise pie crust decorating isn’t your thing, free-form crumble topping most certainly is. A simple blend of melted butter, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon, this crumble is scattered all over the cranberry pear pie filling and supplies the perfect crumbly crunch to the soft fruit below.

You know what I love most about crumble toppings? They’re EASY.

Cranberry pear pie filling

Pears for Pear Pie Filling

Soft pears are sooooo good for snacking, but it’s best to use slightly firmer pears for baking. Peel the pears, then cut them into (about) 1/2-inch chunks NOT slices. Remember how we cut peaches for peach pie? Just like that. Let me explain.

Now here’s the real trick: Slices are awesome when it comes to apples, but chunks are KEY for softer fruits like pears or peaches. Pear slices will quickly turn into mush, but pear chunks hold their shape beautifully. They take on a creamy texture, but still have a little bite.

For pear pie filling, you want slightly firm pears peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks.

2 images of cranberry pear pie filling in a glass bowl and in pie crust

2 images of brown sugar crumble topping for cranberry pear pie

Besides the Harry & David pears, the texture, and crumble topping– my favorite part about this pie are the HOT PINK juices bubbling on the edges. Is there truly a more beautiful sight?

More Favorite Cranberry Recipes

slice of cranberry pear crumble pie on a white plate

Pie Crust Troubleshooting

  • Prevent a crumbly pie dough that rips and tears when you roll it out. Make sure you use enough ice water when preparing your pie dough. Too little water creates an unworkable dough.
  • Prevent a tough pie crust. Tough crusts are the result of not enough fat in the crust, as well as overworking the dough. Use the all butter pie crust recipe or my shortening and butter pie crust recipe to ensure a flaky, tender pie crust. Additionally, don’t work the dough too much.
  • Prevent a burnt crust with a pie crust shield. A shield keeps the crust edge covered, which protects it from browning too quickly or worse, burning. Use an adjustable silicone pie crust shield that you can fit to the size of your delicate pie crust. Metal can break the crust. Alternatively, you can cover the pie with a piece of aluminum foil. Cut a large circle in the center of the square so the center of the pie is exposed.
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slice of cranberry pear crumble pie on a pie server

Cranberry Pear Crumble Pie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours, 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings
  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Juicy pears, tart ruby red cranberries, and a buttery brown sugar topping come together in this downright addicting cranberry pear crumble pie. You won’t be able to stop stealing tastes of this pear pie filling– it’s SO GOOD.


  • Buttery Flaky Pie Crust or All Butter Pie Crust (my recipes both make 2 crusts; freeze the 2nd half for later use)
  • 6 cups 1/2-inch chunks of peeled pears (about 5 medium pears)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (do not thaw)
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (31g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) lemon juice*

Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (94g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (5 Tbsp; 75g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled


  1. The crust: Prepare my pie crust recipe or butter pie crust through step 5.
  2. After the pie crust has chilled, adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  3. Roll out the chilled pie dough: On a floured work surface, roll out one of the discs of chilled dough (you can freeze the 2nd for later use, see note). Turn the dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9-inch pie dish.* Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. Flute or crimp the edges of the crust. Chill in the refrigerator or freezer as you prepare the filling and crumble topping.
  4. The filling: Combine the pear chunks, cranberries, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon juice together in a large bowl.
  5. The crumble topping: Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour together. Pour the melted butter on top and, using a fork, gently mix until crumbles form.
  6. Spoon the filling into the crust, leaving any juices behind. Sprinkle crumble topping all over the filling.
  7. Bake the pie for 55-65 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. After the first 20 minutes of bake time, place a pie crust shield on top of the pie to prevent the edges from browning too quickly. You can also tent a piece of aluminum foil over the whole pie if the top is browning too quickly. Remove finished pie from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. The pie filling will set as it cools.
  8. Slice and serve pie at room temperature. Cover and store leftover pie in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  1. Make Ahead Instructions – 1-5 Days Ahead: You can get started by combining all the filling ingredients one day ahead of time. Keep covered tightly in the refrigerator until ready to assemble the pie. You can also make the pie dough 1-5 days in advance since it needs to chill. If you want to bake the pie 1 full day in advance, bake it as directed, allow it to completely cool, then cover tightly and keep in the refrigerator overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  2. Make Ahead Instructions – Freezing: The baked pie freezes well for up to 3 months, tightly wrapped in a couple layers of plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving. You can also freeze the unbaked pie with crumble topping. Freeze for a couple hours to set the filling, then tightly wrap the entire pie in 2-3 layers of plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then freeze for up to 1 month. When ready to bake, remove from the freezer, unwrap, and bake for about 20 minutes longer.
  3. Special Tools: Glass Mixing Bowls | Pastry Cutter | Rolling Pin | Pastry Brush | Glass Pie Dish
  4. Freezing Pie Dough: You can freeze the 2nd pie dough for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.
  5. Lemon Juice: A squeeze of fresh lemon brightens up the overall flavor of the filling. You won’t regret adding it!
  6. Glass Pie Dish: I strongly recommend a glass pie dish so you can see when the crust on the sides is browning, which signals that the pie is finished.

slice of cranberry pear crumble pie with a scoop of ice cream on a white plate

This recipe is sponsored by Harry and David


  1. Believe it or not, I have never even thought of combining cranberries and pears!!!! Cannot wait to try this!!! 😀

    1. It’s such an unexpected and fun twist! I hope you love this pie 🙂

  2. This looks SO good! Our company sends us Harry & David boxes for the holidays each year and I’m always looking for ways to make new pear treats. This is definitely happening this year!

    1. Oh YUM! Let me know what you think 🙂

  3. Harry & David pears are the BEST! I got gifted some last year and yummmm. I’m ordering a box right now!

    1. They’re definitely my favorite!

  4. This looks amazing! Please don’t be offended by this, but can I use a store bought pie crust for this? If so, could you make a recommendation?
    Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes!

    1. Yes yes yes of course! Pillsbury, Marie Callender’s, or if you have Trader Joes around you– their frozen pie crust shells are fantastic.

      1. This comment just made my day! Pregnant with my 3rd in my first trimester, and this sounds SO good for Thanksgiving, but not sure I have the energy to make a crust on top of other things I need to make!!

  5. Oh goodness they have Harry & David pears in my HEAVEN! So yummy Sally!

    1. They are the best!! So delicious!

  6. YUM! The combination of cranberry and pear sounds so delicious! I have to try this recipe soon!

    1. It’s such a delicious combination! Hope you love it!

  7. Belmera Fernandes says:

    Hi… I am From INDIA and we get dried cranberries ….. can I use that THANKS

    1. Yes, definitely. 3/4 cup of dried cranberries would be sufficient.

  8. This looks SO good! What type of pears would be best for this? I hardly ever cook with them but this looks too good not to try!

    1. Hey Lindsey! The pears I used in this pictured pie were Royal Riviera pears, though I also love baking pies with Anjou (red or green), Bartletts (red or green), or Bosc pears.

  9. From Canada-dont have Harry and David here. What type of pear can i use? Bartlett? Thanks!

    1. Hi Linda! I also love baking pies with Anjou (red or green), Bartletts (red or green– green preferred), or Bosc pears.

  10. What variety of pears have you used? A photograph of a full pear would help. Harry and David pears are not affordable for everyone.

    1. The pears I used in this pictured pie were Royal Riviera pears, though I also love baking pies with Anjou (red or green), Bartletts (red or green), or Bosc pears.
      See my caramel pear pie for more detail if you’re interested. Thanks for asking!

  11. The combination sounds stellar Sally. Thank you for creating something new and unique to tickle our palates this Thanksgiving 🙂 I’m wondering if you have any extended thoughts on the type of pears – are bartletts the most crisp (esp in baking)? Would it be better to use very green/crisp pears if we wanted the chunks to remain somewhat intact? Is this filling more on the sweet or tart side (we like our apple pie filling quite tart)? Do you have a video that shows the fluting techniques on the crust? I’m quite intimidated by pie crust and always end up using Trader Joe’s rolled crust – it is phenomenal! I’d love to learn crust fluting techniques 🙂 Thanks in advance for your help with my questions!

    1. Hi Faye! I find Bosc to be the most crisp; Bartletts are pretty juicy. Both are wonderful in pies, as well as the Royal Riviera pears I used. I recommend using pears on the firmer side so they don’t turn into mush as the pie bakes. See my Pears for Pie Filling section in this blog post. This filling is more on the sweet side, though that depends on how sweet your pears are. I actually have a video showing how I flute pie edges (and lattice a pie crust top too– in case you ever need it.) The videos is in my all butter pie crust post:

  12. These look SO delicious!
    I want to try making right now!

    1. Hope you love it, Julie!

  13. This looks really great…would it be completely sacrilegious if I asked how to turn this into just pear cranberry crisp\crumble? just leave out the pie crust or any other adjustment necessary?

    1. YUM!! Go for it. 🙂 No other changes necessary other than leaving out the pie crust on the bottom.

  14. Sally, this pie is PERFECTION! I baked it last night and I’ve fallen in love with this recipe! I took some pieces to work and saw everyone’s eyes roll into the backs of their heads when they tasted it. This was my first time baking with pears, but not my last. The pears were more subtle than apple, and the cranberries were exactly what they needed to brighten up the filling. Plus, the cranberries are pretty! Even though I bake all the time, pie crust is not my favorite to work with so I may skip the crust next time and just made a crisp crumble topping is the best anyway, so it can be the star in a crisp! I rarely repeat a recipe (I’m always on to the next one ) but this is a keeper. It’ll definitely be coming out of my kitchen again soon! Thanks for being my go-to for the best recipes

    1. Oh my gosh you are my doppelgänger! I feel the same way, and I rarely repeat too!

  15. Amazing pie!

  16. When Harry (and David) Met Sally! Sorry, couldn’t resist. 😉

  17. Parimala Stephens says:

    Hey Sally! Going to make this for Thanksgiving this year! You’ve given me the confidence to bake a pie from scratch, crust and all! Do we need to blind bake the pie crust before adding the filling?

    1. You do not need to blind bake this crust, especially if you use a glass pie dish as suggested in the recipe notes!

  18. I made this pie for a dinner party the other week- trying to practice a little for Thanksgiving pie mode! I substituted frozen raspberries for cranberries and used a frozen pie crust. This was a delightful fruit pie and I’m glad to have it in my back pocket.

  19. Hi! I’m looking to convert this to a traditional pie with a second pie crust vs. a crumble. Would the filling still be sweet enough? Should I add something like a salted caramel or additional sugar to make sure it has the right balance? Thanks!

    1. Hi Shriya! Yes, the filling is still plenty sweet. No need to add anything to the pie itself except for that top pie crust. Enjoy the recipe!

      1. Parimala Stephens says:

        Thanks Sally!
        Also, can I just add more cinnamon instead of ginger? My father-in-law is allergic

      2. You can leave out the ginger and add a little more cinnamon in its place, yes.

  20. Love all your recipes. If my pears are a little soft is that okay? Or should I find firmer ones? Thanks

    1. Thanks Rebecca! Firm pears are ideal.

      1. I bought new pears and tried this recipe last night. However, it was just soup. I don’t know what went wrong. It looked great and smelled good but even after sitting for hours after it baked it was soup.

  21. Hello from across the pond 🙂 I’m from the English countryside where crumble is a very big deal indeed! This was hands down the best crumble I have ever had. I’d never baked with pears before but I am officially converted. Thanks so much!

    1. I’m so happy you loved this crumble pie! Thanks for the positive feedback 🙂

  22. I would love to make this for Thanksgiving, but I’ve already committed to bringing an apple pie, so could I just substitute the pears with apples? If so, do you have any recommendations for what kind of apples and how many? Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Christi! Apples are a great substitute if you want an apple cranberry crumble pie. You’ll need about 6 apples. I recommend Granny Smith and/or Fuji and Honeycrisp. Using a variety is best.

  23. Cheryl Hamburger says:

    I have a really hard time deciding which recipes to make. My mouth gets dry and my tummy rumbles just looking at the pictures of your yummy desserts. And the cranberry pear pie was to die for. I am a huge fan. Thank you for making it so easy and making me look like a Grand baker.

    1. I love this cranberry pear pie too! Thanks for baking my recipes, Cheryl.

  24. My sister is allergic to ginger, do you have a suggestion for a substitute? Love all of your recipes!

    1. Hi Hannah! Use cinnamon in its place.

  25. Made this for the first time on Thanksgiving today. It was awesome! Not only did everyone love it, and loved your flakey crust recipe too, I learned a lot about pies and crusts. Thanks so much!!

  26. Hi Sally! I am planning on making this for a Christmas gathering coming up.
    I already pre-made the pie dough and have it in the freezer. Would it be OK to roll out the pie dough, put it in the pie pan and into the fridge overnight (without filling)? And then the next day, put the filling in and bake? 🙂

    1. Yes! In fact, I do that all the time. 🙂

  27. This is the best cranberry pear pie!! Thank you so much for the recipe we loved it!

  28. Oh my gosh Sally! I made this tonight because I had cranberries to use up from thanksgiving and I can’t believe how good it is. It’s honestly my new favourite pie, and that’s saying something because I’ve eaten your salted caramel apple pie on multiple occasions 😉
    I was eating some with my husband and I told him I’ll be making it every fall from now on because it’s THAT good. We didn’t wait for it to 100% cool – we couldn’t actually haha. So it was a little messy to eat but was sooo good warm!! Thanks for yet ANOTHER keeper

  29. Hi!
    I was wondering if you thought it would be ok to use fresh grated ginger instead of ginger powder?
    P.S. My family LOVES your pumpkin pie recipe 🙂 the added ground pepper makes it taste so great and the texture *drool* 🙂

    1. Hi Crystal, I’m so happy your family enjoys the pumpkin pie so much! According to McCormick’s website, 1/4 tsp. Ground Ginger = 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger. I hope this helps!

  30. Made this pie for my husbands thanksgiving pie competition at school and won 1st place LOL. Although everybody just thought it was cranberry apple pie (I used barletts) and based on the 1/3 of a bite that I got (it was gone real fast) I couldn’t really taste the pear myself. Thanks Sally for another great recipe!

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