Bring first 3 ingredients and 1/4 cup sugar to boil in 2-qt. saucepan, stirring frequently until sugar is completely dissolved. Add pear halves; simmer over medium-low heat 20 min. or just until tender, stirring occasionally.
Remove pears from liquid. Place on 4 dessert plates. Bring liquid to boil; cook over medium heat 30 min. or until liquid is reduced to 1/3 cup, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, mix Neufchatel, cinnamon and remaining sugar until blended. Gently stir in COOL WHIP until blended.
Spoon Neufchatel mixture into pear halves; drizzle with cranberry sauce.
Sprinkle with 1 tsp. orange zest before serving.
Prepare using your favorite variety of firm ripe pears.
Test for Doneness
Test the doneness of the cooked pears by piercing the base of each pear with the tip of a knife. If it doesn't meet any resistance, then it is done.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 38g
Dietary Fiber 3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.