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Cherry Pecan Dreams

Packed with fruit, nuts and vanilla chips, these are always a treat. To vary the flavor, swap in dried cranberries or apricots for the cherries, and pistachios for the pecans. —Mary Ann Mariotti, Plainfield, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups white baking chips
  • 1 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and orange zest. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in the chips, cherries and pecans.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 166 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Grammy Debbie
    May 18, 2018

    Delicious and easy to make. I love the pop of flavor the orange peel provides. I made them exactly as directed and got 29 cookies using my black-handled scoop from King Arthur Flour--I believe it's a 2 tablespoon scoop.

  • lmillerrn
    Dec 9, 2015

    I just made these used cranberries instead of cherries. Turned out great. Will save for next Christmas!

  • dogcat_8
    Mar 24, 2013

    My family really enjoyed these cookies! The only thing I did different was substitute walnuts for the pecans. Also, I didn't think the dough could hold 2 cups of white choc chips and 1 cup of dried cherries, so I halved those amounts. Cookies turned out crunchy and had a great taste. Will definitely make again!

  • JES_62522
    Dec 13, 2012

    Made these with gluten free flour and they were fabulous, it made way more than 3 dozen