Recipe: Pecan Cherry Cookies

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I have a recipe for you today.  A Christmas cookie recipe – Pecan Cherry Cookies to be exact, and boy are they good… and dunkable! 

Do you know what time it is? It is holiday the holiday season which means means one thing – time to bake – bake Christmas cookies.

Pecan Cherry Dunking Cookies on glass plate stand with a graphic overlay that says Pecan Cherry Dunking Cookies

In previous years, I have made cut out, iced, sprinkled, and even pretzel reindeers for an annual cookie exchange party I attend.

This year I have decided – refrigerator cookies are just my style and got the recipe from a friend. They are homemade and delicious, but don’t require a lot of time and fuss.

My family loves these cookies dunked in a tall glass of cold milk. They have become a holiday staple in my house.

Most-Dunkable-Cookies stacked on a cake plate

I tweaked the recipe a little by rolling them in sanding sugar before baking instead of rolling in powered sugar after baking – they are just as good and dunkable either way.

  • Sanding sugar is the colored sugar used to embellish baked goods.  It comes in lots of different colors. I used clear/white.  You can buy it at any grocery store in basic colors.  There is a store near me that sells it in every imaginable color and different size granule’s.

How to Make Pecan Cherry Dunkers

Ingredients-for-Pecan Cherry Dunking Cookies

  1. Gather the ingredients:  1 cup butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 egg, 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 ¼ cups flour, 1 cup chopped pecans, 2 cups candied cherries, 2 cups sanding sugar.
Cookies-to-make using real butter. Mixing butter and flour together in bowl.

2. Cream the butter and sugar.

Christmas-cookies being beaten in a mixing bowl.

3. Add the egg, flour, and vanilla.

Pecan Cherry Cookie batter being spooned out of bowl.

4. Add the pecans and cherries.

Cookie dough is rolled into logs to place in the fridge.

5. Cut dough into thirds and roll each into a log. Cover with wax paper and refrigerate for 3 hours.

Dough logs being cut and dipped into sanding sugar.

6. Once chilled, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices. Roll the edges or entire slice into sanding sugar.

Pecan Cherry cookies on a cookie sheet ready to be baked

7. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 325 for 12-15 minutes on the middle oven rack.

Pecan-Cherry-Cookies on a cake plate along side a big glass of cold milk.

A Plateful of Pecan Cherry Cookies Just in Time for Christmas

Now, I just have to hide them so they are not eaten before the cookie exchange party.

Christmas cookie recipe that will become family favorites. These are easy to make and taste delish when dunked into coffee, tea or a big glass of milk. | In My Own Style

These cookies are so easy to make – mix all the ingredients and then roll into logs and refrigerate. When chilled, all that is left to do is slice and bake. Cut them about ¼” thick – perfect for dunking into a cold glass of milk or hot coffee or tea.

Pecan Cherry Dunking Cookies

These are so easy to make – mix all the ingredients and then roll into logs and refrigerate. When chilled, all that is left to do is slice and bake. Cut them about ¼” thick – perfect for dunking into a cold glass of milk or hot coffee or tea.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, Cookies, Pecans
Servings: 12
Cost: $10.00


  • cookie sheets


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 2 cups candied cherries
  • 2 cups sugar sanding sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Cream butter and sugar.
  • Add egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Add flour, mix well. Stir in nuts and
  • Divide dough into thirds. Roll each third into a 10-inch long log. Roll each log in
    wax paper. Chill for 3 hours.
  • Cut into ¼-inch thick slices. Roll edges or entire cookies into
    sanding sugar.
  • Bake at 325 for 12-15 minutes.

Delicious Christmas cookies, perhaps some delicious eggnog, what’s missing? How about some Christmas decorating inspiration?

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  1. Thanks for this yummy looking recipe. How do you prepare the candied cherries – drain, rinse, or just chop ??? These will be for neighbors and Christmas Day family dinner (and for me to “taste”)!

    1. Hi Janene – I buy the candied cherries in the plastic tub. They are pretty gooey. I just dump them out on a cutting board and chop. They are so good. Enjoy! Merry Christmas

      1. Thanks so much for the reply. Perfect timing, I’m just on my way to the store! Yummy, yummy!

    2. All these recipes look so great and I bet they taste that way also. Can you believe Christmas is less that 10 days away? Hope you have a merry one.

  2. Hi there! Don’t know if this has been mentioned yet but how many cookies does this make?

    1. Hi Cari – I got the recipe for these from a friend who has an annual cookie exchange party and copied the recipe as she wrote it. She didn’t include the amount on the recipe card. The amount of cookies depends on how large you form the dough into logs and how thick you cut them. When I make the recipe I get about 3 1/2 dozen. When my daughter makes them – hers are larger – she gets about 2 dozen. I will add this to the post. Happy Holidays

  3. These look marvelous and I would like to try with almonds and candied cherries, maybe even adding some amaretto flavoring, in place of vanilla.

  4. I have all my Mom’s cookie cutters. I cherish them and use them every Christmas Season. I use them with my grandkids now and they love to bake and decorate the cut-out cookies. I would love to win your Fall cookie cutters. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Hi, i will love to make this cookies as a gift for my coworkers, can you please describe the textur after baking, can i make the dough in advance. Thank you

    1. Hi Cynthia – Yes you can make the dough in advance since it has to be refrigerated first anyway. The dough can stay in there for awhile until you are ready to slice and bake. The texture is not soft nor rock hard – just in between – like the store bought cookies called – Pecan Sandies.

      1. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer me and for your patience,i will be making this cookies today, lets see …wish me luck… a let you know. once again thank you ..

        1. Hi, I just to let you know that i made this recipe .
          My family love them … so I made
          them as a gift for my coworkers.. of course
          i include a gif tag with the name of your blog
          in reference of where I get the recipe….
          they didn’t turn out in a perfect round log shape like yours but …
          my family didn’t care .. i think they didn’t notice because
          they turn out so good…. they just grab them from
          the plate and of course mouth full … who speak..jaja..

          thank you for sharing this recipe
          (i have some pictures but dont know how to uploaded to you)

  6. Those cookies look absolutely yummy. Since we grow walnuts, I think I’ll try them in place of the pecans, too. And, yes, I do collect cookie cutter.

  7. Diane,

    These look AMAZING! Thank you so much for sending me the recipe! Anything by Ina is the best in my book!


  8. Cookie cutters are fun and the grandkids just love cutout cookies, so yes I like cookie cutters

    1. Hi Rae –
      Congratulations! You won a set of the fall cookie cutters that I was giving away. If you send me your mailing address, I will make sure they get mailed to you. Happy Holidays!

  9. These look delicious! Have you done fresh cherries or dried cherries ever? And what about almonds instead of pecans? Maybe I’m just crazy??

  10. Well, it will be my 1st attempt at xmas baking………….this looks sooooooo yummy!

  11. I liked the Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms FB page- they actually have some good info there…Thanks!

  12. Wow! All these years I have avoided candied cherries but these are now on my list. Just too beautiful to resist!

    1. Hi Lori – Congratulations! You won a set of the fall cookie cutters that I was giving away. If you send me your mailing address, I will make sure they get to you. Happy Holidays

  13. What delectable looking cookies! I love cherry. Ok, I am going to have to make these but find out what sanding sugar is first! Thanks Diane!

  14. Wow, these reminded me of Christmases with my Grandmama. I could almost taste these just looking at them! She would always allow us to “help” though I’m sure four girls were NO help. But she always had patience in making her cookies. she made these with just the pecans and they are great that way too! I’d long since lost the recipe so this is a Christmas present for me!! Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays to all!

  15. Would love to win the cookie cutters-I have quite a collection and would love this addition! The Peacan Cherry Dunkers look delish!

  16. Yum yum! Be sure to share the fun with a photo of the cookie party yet to come! Can’t wait.

  17. I’d love to have the cookie cutters. They would also make fun Christmas ornaments – just add ribbon :). Please enter me for a chance to win.

  18. We like the flavors of cherries and pecans. I will make a batch or two soon. Thanks for the give a way. I hope I win!

  19. These cookies look wonderful. I’m going to make them. One question, What is sanding sugar?

  20. Your cookies look delicious! I love cookie cutters. I have a small collection that I’ve gathered over the years. Sanding sugar? Gotta google that.

  21. I use cookie cutters a lot during holidays. Making sugar cookies with them at Christmas is one of our family traditions. These for Fall are adorable… I’d love to have them.

    1. Hi Athena – Congratualations! You won a set of the fall cookie cutters that I was giving away. If you send me your mailing address, I will make sure they get sent to you. Happy Holidays

  22. I just spent hours looking at cookie recipes online and then checked my email…there was the perfect recipe. Thanks so much for sharing. They look marvelous. I’ll make them tomorrow and make lots of folks very happy.

  23. Your Secret’s out! I know what cookie you are bringing! You are right about my cookie exchange….the cookies are great but it is the company that is the best! See you soon.

  24. These cookies look yummy–and definitely something I’d like to try. (I, too, need to look up “sanding sugar.”)

    And I love the pretty Fall cookie cutters.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Thank-You so much for a chance to win these Lovely Cookie Cutters!! I Love Old looking Cookie Cutters, and these would look so nice with some of my Antique styled ones!!!!
    The Cookie Recipe which you posted looks so Yummy. I am going to save it and try these Cookies when I make my Massive Batches of Cookies in time for Christmas.
    Happy Holidays, Everyone!!!! :-)

  26. I love anything that you can roll into a log and bake as needed — but these look extra special because of the cherries and the sandy texture. Yum! Of course, there’s a time for cookie cutters too! Thanks for sharing…

  27. Yum! The cookies sound delicious. I, too, am a HUGE fan of Ina Garten.
    Given those beautiful photographs of your cookies, I would never guess that you did not like to cook! Such pretty pictures :)
    I am excited to begin my holiday baking this weekend.

  28. my husband will love these as he dearly craves cherry and pecans. will try soon and see if the hit the spot!

  29. Those look amazing – so simple, and what gorgeous colors! Something refreshing after all the traditional cookies. I will definitely try after I google “Sanding Sugar” ;-) Thanks!