Crackled Cranberry Pecan Cookies
Cranberries, orange and nuts make one of my favorite flavor combinations, and this special drop cookie fits in particularly well at holiday potlucks. For a fruitcake-type cookie, use a mixture of dried fruits and substitute rum flavoring for half the vanilla. —Deborah Biggs, Omaha, Nebraska
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
- Preheat oven to 350°. Pour boiling water and orange juice over cranberries in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Drain.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, orange zest and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in pecans and cranberries.
- Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until until edges begin to brown, 10-12 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 139 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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Originally published as Crackled Cranberry Pecan Cookies in Taste of Home Christmas Annual 2019