A scone-like dough is packed with roasted pear chunks and bittersweet chocolate pieces before being double baked into these crispy sticks. Perfect for coffee dunking or simply munching on the go!
Why I love this recipe
Buttery, just sweet enough, filled with occasional bursts of just tender, caramelized fruit and decadent, bittersweet chocolate chunks. Crunchy, but not “break-your-teeth” hard, they make perfect coffee dunkers as well as traffic-jam snacks!
Use firm pears for this (I've even used Asian pears with great success).
Heat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
Spread the pear chunks out in one layer and roast for 15-20 minutes, until browned on the bottoms. Cool on the sheet at least 1 hour, then transfer to a bowl or plate and reserve.
Reduce oven to 350°F and place a new layer of parchment on the baking sheet.
In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking powder, sugar, cardamom and salt.
Cut in butter and shortening, then stir in cream and egg until evenly combined.
Fold in chocolate chunks and roasted pears.
Place on the sheet and form into a log about 1” thick.
Bake for 44-45 minutes, until firm. Cool 30 minutes on the sheet, then slice diagonally into ¾” thick slices.
Reduce oven to 325°F
Place slices, standing up, back onto parchment lined sheet pans ½” apart.
Bake 35-40 minutes, until crisp and browned.
Cool on the sheets.