I have a few weaknesses in life:
1) Post-holiday candy sales at CVS
2) Ice cream on sale at the market*
3) Bulk anything at Costco
*Who can blame me when it costs $7.99 / half gallon in NYC!
It must be in my blood to love Costco. My Dad is a walking advertisement for the store. He won’t make a purchase anywhere else until he knows Costco doesn’t have that particular item (that includes clothing, kitchen appliances, tools, etc.). Actually, for someone who isn’t a big shopper, the man can easily get sucked into buying almost anything there. If they sold drum sets in the store, he’d probably sleep there. So, it is no surprise that although I live in a tiny apartment with limited storage space, I insist on having a membership and grabbing whatever I can because it is such a good deal. Never mind the fact that we store toilet paper under the bed and canned chickpeas in several different cabinets. I even bought Kirkland brand Uggs this year for such a good price that I could throw them away when it warms up if I can’t find a place to keep them.
On our most recent trip to Costco we purchased so much fruit (bananas, pears, asian pears, mangos, nectarines, strawberries, and blueberries) that the husband started to get stressed out about eating it all. He clearly underestimates my daily produce consumption. To make him feel better, though, I promised to use some for baking. The berries and bananas were already gone and some of the other fruit had dwindled down, but we still had a lot of just-ripened juicy pears.
I wanted to make something tasty that could be eaten for breakfast, snacks or dessert and wouldn’t weigh you down. At the same time, I didn’t want to make it “diet-like.” These Pear and Cheese Pockets are a perfect compromise. They are somewhere in-between a danish, poptart, and toaster strudel with a combination of fresh and packaged ingredients.
I used these crescent roll sheets for the pockets and filled them with some cooked pears and a lightly sweetened cream cheese filling. They are best served fresh out of the oven when the filling is warm and gooey and the outside is crisp but soft in the middle. However, leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator and re-heated via toaster.
Start by making the pear filling
Melt butter over low heat
Add brown sugar and combine
Once brown sugar and butter are melted, add pears and stir to coat
Add cinnamon to mixture and stir
Cook pears over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes; remove from heat and set aside
For cream cheese filling, beat cream cheese in a mixer until creamy
Add vanilla and greek yogurt
Once combined, stir in confectioners’ sugar
Once fillings are ready, lay out the dough
Cut each package into 8 rectangles
Stretch rectangles out on foil sprayed with cooking spray; top one side of dough with about a teaspoon of cream cheese mixture
Then add a couple tablespoons of pear filling
Fold the other half of the dough over and press down around the edges to seal; take a fork and press down around the edges fancy them up
Bake for 12 –13 minutes or until top is golden brown
Pear and Cheese Pockets
Yield: 16 pockets
- 3 large pears, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 8-ounce package light cream cheese, softened at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons fat free greek yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup confectionersâ€™ sugar
- 2 8-ounce packages crescent roll dough
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
- To make the pear filling, melt butter over low heat
- Add brown sugar and combine; once brown sugar and butter are melted, add pears and stir to coat
- Add cinnamon to mixture and stir
- Cook pears over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes; remove from heat and set aside
- For cream cheese filling, beat cream cheese on high speed until creamy
- Add vanilla and greek yogurt and beat on high
- Once combined, stir in confectionersâ€™ sugar
- Once fillings are ready, lay out the dough
- Cut each package into 8 rectangles
- Stretch rectangles out on foil sprayed with cooking spray; top one side of dough with about a teaspoon of cream cheese mixture without coating the edges
- Top cream cheese with about 2 tablespoons of pear filling
- Fold the other half of the dough over and press down around the edges to seal; take a fork and press down around the to add a design
- Bake for 12-13 minutes or until top is golden brown
What are your shopping weaknesses?
wow that looks so good-I love hot apples:)
I wish there was a costco near me!
I happen to know someone who got such a kick out of this! I think because he knew it was so true to him!
Personally, I think it looks incredibly delicious, and I can’t wait to try it! Though…..do they sell these at Costco…..???? :)
Wow these pockets look delicious! I might add some ricotta to mine. Yum!
That would be delicious!
These look great! They would make quick breakfast for my daughters who sometimes have to grab their breakfast and go.
Ok, this seriously looks incredible! My parents have a pear tree in their backyard, we will definitely be making these! :)
That is amazing- I’d love to grow my own fruit of any kind!
I stress myself out too if I buy too much produce at once. I always eat it though. I’m a bargain shopper if I find a deal that I can’t pass up I’ll usually buy it even if I don’t need it.
What a delicious recipe. Definitely loving it.
Wow, these look amazing. There is nothing like a juicy Anjou pear! I too love the club stores. We have BJ’s in Jersey City so both my husband and I are card carriers. I love going there for the smoked salmon specifically. I’d have a membership just so we can get ‘the good smoked salmon’ :)
These look wonderful. I am a big fan of anything that combines savory and sweet flavors, mainly because I have a craving for both most of the time! :)
I wish I was better about just thinking up recipes to create. These look great!
I love Costco too! :)
Your pear and cheese pockets look soooo good. I love how you cooked the pears in butter and brown sugar before you baked them. And I just adore the addition of greek yogurt in filling! This is such a creative idea. :) Love it!
What a delightfully simply way to make a fancy looking appetizer. I think this would be great for parties.
This is a great breakfast option. I have to try this soon.
I laughed as I read your weaknesses because they sound a lot like mine! I get over whelmed in Costco and create reasons in my mind that I need 2 lbs of cheese or 30 apples, things like that ha These little pockets sound delish.
hehe your husband sounds like me…i get stressed out when there is so much produce b/c i worry about it going to waste. those pockets look heavenly!
I love Costco too! Good thing I don’t have a membership there. Keeps me from buying waaaay too much stuff!
I’m a Costco junkie, too. I have absolutely no self control there. Fortunately, our local store isn’t very close to us. I can’t seem to step foot in that store without spending in the triple digits. This recipe looks like something my husband would love. I’ve done something similar with apples and puff pastry. Love the idea of using pears and the cream cheese filling. Yum!
Glad to know that I’m not the only one with a weakness for spending there! Luckily we only go once a month or every couple of months!
ooh, fabby. these look lovely. i definitely want to give them a whirl in my kitchen.
those look so so yummy! I may have to indulge in those soon!!
Holy moly!!! I’m loving this recipe!! Pear, cheese and pastry, how can you go wrong??!!! Yes please!!!
I have a BJ’s and not a Costco membership but I totally understand. We have tons of bulk. Everywhere. And a two by nothing apartment.
I need to get as inventive as these pear and cheese pockets! Delicious!
YUM these look delicious, pears and cheese are such a great combo!
Lovely! I am imagining these with granny smith apples instead of pears, since I’m not a huge pear fan. But I love the addition of cream cheese. Roll pretty much anything up in a crescent roll and I am there. YUM!
Yum….great treats. Who can resist so much fresh fruit.
They look addictive and so delicious!
Costco scares me somewhat, but I cannot resist Trader Joe’s and the NutBox. Yummy pear pockets!
I love this recipe! It really sounds delicious. I am going to make a batch with pears and a batch with apples. I do have one question….do you know how many calories they are for 1 serving? I just lost 48 pounds and am very calorie conscious.
Great idea to make some with apples! I actually didn’t calculate the calories but they shouldn’t be too bad with the ingredients I used:-) Congrats on losing so much weight!