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!  Post Updated: 11/12/2019 

It is the second week of December and in my house that means one thing – time to bake – bake Christmas cookies for my friend Karen’s annual cookie exchange party.

Over the years, this party has become more about getting together with good friends than the cookies – but who doesn’t like 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 the annual cookie exchange. None of them matched my expectations, but when I presented them in a pretty way, it made up for my lack of baking perfection.

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 and since then they have become a holiday staple in my house.

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

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.

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 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
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.

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 we don’t eat them all before the cookie exchange party later in the week.

Most-Dunkable-Cookies stacked on a cake plate

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  1. 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…

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!