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Cherry-Pecan Icebox Cookies

During the holiday season, I keep a roll of dough for these crisp cookies in the freezer. It's nice to offer unexpected company a home-baked treat. —Betye Dalton, Tupelo, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    13 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup red and/or green candied cherries

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans and candied cherries.
  • Shape into four 8-in. rolls; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until firm.
  • Unwrap and cut into 1/8- to 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned and edges are set. Cool for 1-2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Editor's Note: Dough may be frozen for up to 6 months. Remove from the freezer 1-1/2 hours hours before baking. Unwrap and cut into 1/8- to 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-9 minutes or until lightly browned and edges are set. Cool for 1-2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 64 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Sandra
    Jan 8, 2021

    it says makes 13 dozen. i assume this should read three dozen

  • leeleeannab
    Dec 10, 2013

    easy to make but lack flavour. the recipe need vanilla or almond extract added.

  • brlynch
    Jul 8, 2012

    was easy and very tasty

  • darlenethompson
    Dec 12, 2011

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  • DeepRiverWoman
    Dec 16, 2010

    I found this recipe years upon years ago, in a magazine, and have been making it now for forty years. I recently misplaced my cookie recipe cards, and was so worried I wouldn't be able to find this, both mine, and my children's favorite Christmas cookie online. Thank you so much Taste of Home!

  • Sarapaige
    Nov 14, 2010

    These are fabulous cookies. You can always make extra dough and save it in the freezer and can always have them on hand. The cookies are so pretty and the cherries just glow when held up to a light. They are lightly sweet with a hint of cherry. I have made these 4 times and always make up 4 batches each time because they get eaten up so quick!!!

  • randomponderings
    Dec 9, 2009

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  • samirahjaha
    Nov 12, 2009

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  • keasterling
    Dec 15, 2007

    This is my second year of making these cookies and I love them so much. Easy to make and look great when plating.