Pear Cheese Cups

On September 14, 1995, my oldest daughter and I were planning to leave the next morning to take the youngest daughter on a surprise pre-wedding bachelorette trip to Cleveland to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which had just opened on September 2.  For supper, I made a 9-inch Pear Cheese pie from a recipe in a 1965 Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, using a vanilla wafer crust.  We all enjoyed it very much (and also the bachelorette trip).

Today, I wanted to make a dessert for lunch that would be lower in fat/calories and would make just 4 servings.  I cut the original recipe in half, used vanilla wafers in place of the crust, and made these very good individual Pear Cheese Cups.  Use a deep custard cup – my granddaughter in St. Louis gave me some nice Pampered Chef deep cups which also have lids.  They are especially good for transporting desserts to my daughter’s house for lunch each Friday.


  • 4 vanilla wafers
  • 2 cups fresh ripe Bartlett pear slices  (about 3 medium pears)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 oz softened light cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • ¼ tsp grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tblsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Have four deep custard cups at hand

Place a vanilla wafer in the bottom of each of 4 deep custard cups.

Place ½ cup of pear slices in each of the cups.

In a small bowl, combine the egg yolk and cream cheese, beat smooth.  Whisk in sour cream, lemon peel, lemon juice, sugar, flour, salt and nutmeg.  Pour over pears in each cup (about ¼ cup each) and spread to cover pears.

Bake @ 375 degrees F about 25 minutes until brown around the edges and just set.  Let cool on a wire rack.

4 servings.  Good room temperature or chilled.  This is a light, delicious dessert. 

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

9 thoughts on “Pear Cheese Cups”

  1. What a great story to go along with this wonderful looking dessert. Thank you for this. I will be able to cut some of the calories out. Have you tried this with Splenda?

    1. I forgot to say, I visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when I visited America. It’s lovely that this dessert always reminds you of that trip. I am always pleased to find a new healthier dessert. I love puddings but can’t cope with full on indulgence all of the time! 🙂

      1. We went so soon after the Hall of Fame opened that I’m sure there are so many wonderful things we have not seen. Maybe we should plan another trip and take the grandchildren along? Lillian

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