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Crackled Cranberry Pecan Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


2 dozen

Updated: Feb. 17, 2023
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
Crackled Cranberry Pecan Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Pour boiling water and orange juice over cranberries in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Drain.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Facts

1 cookie: 139 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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