Grilled Pears with Mascarpone

Grilled Pears with Mascarpone

Prep Time12 hours
Cook Time4 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 6 pears firm but ripe, seeds removed
  • 3/4 C Grand Marinier
  • 2 T dark brown sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Mascarpone Filling

  • 1 1/4 C mascarpone cheese
  • 6 pecan shortbread cookies crushed
  • 1/2 C Grand Marinier


  • Cut pears in half and remove the seeds.
  • Marinate pears overnight, or for at least 4 hours in Grand Marinier, brown sugar and vanilla, in a sealable plastic bag.
  • Preheat a grill for high heat. When the grill is hot, lightly oil the grate.
  • Drain pears and place on hot grill just long enough to get grill marks on both sides, approximately 2 minutes per side.
  • While pears are grilling, mix mascarpone cheese with crushed cookies (your favorite variety and brand), then add the liqueur and stir well. Set aside.
  • Just before serving, add the mascarpone-cookie mixture to each pear half with a large spoon, filling in the hole where you removed the seeds.
  • Place back on grill for an additional 2 minutes, rounded side down.
  • Remove from grill and place on small plates.
  • Serve with additional cookies or ice cream on the side.