Save on Pinterest

Fruited Jewel Cookies

When guests drop in unexpectedly, be ready with these cheerful citrus-flavored tidbits from Patricia Marsh of Phoenix, Arizona. Finely chopped walnuts can be substituted for pecans in the cookie coating.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1/4 cup pineapple preserves
  • 5 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups finely chopped pecans
  • Red and/or green candied cherries, halved


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, preserves, orange zest and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • Roll dough into 1-in. balls. In a shallow bowl, beat egg white until foamy. Place pecans in another shallow bowl. Dip each ball into egg white, then into pecans.
  • Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. While still warm, press a cherry half into the center of each cookie. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 78 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links.

Recommended Video