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Cream Cheese Cookies with Cherries and Pecans

Cream Cheese Cookies with Cherries and Pecans. An easy to make drop cookie that takes its inspiration from an old family recipe for a favourite pound cake.

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Cream Cheese Cookies with Cherries and Pecans

The inspiration for the flavours in these cream cheese cookies came from a recipe for Cherry Pecan Cake. The recipe has been in my extended family for many, many years and was first passed on by friends in Badger, Newfoundland.

Cherry Pecan Cake image with title text

Cherry Pecan Cake

My mom in particular is a fan of simple, drop cookies, so I had her in mind when I thought about what I would add to a standard recipe for cream cheese cookies. She’s also a big fan of that cherry pecan poundcake too.

Red Glacé Cherries for Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars, pictured in a glass bowl.

Eiter glacé Cherries or maraschino are fine in this recipe.

We often make that rich cream cheese pound cake during the Holidays, so given the time of year, I decided to go with the same festive theme. The brightly coloured cherries really do look appealing for Christmas.

Cream Cheese Cookies with Cherries and Pecans

Cream Cheese Cookies with Cherries and Pecans

Toasting the pecans; a very necessary step.

Like in the cake inspiration for this recipe, and in practically every other recipe on Rock Recipes that involves nuts, I insist on toasting the pecans before adding them.

Toasting the nuts gives extra crunch and intensifies their flavour. It’s an absolutely essential step for me in most recipes.

Pecans for Chocolate Pecan Bars

Pecans.

It takes about 7-10 minutes to toast most large nuts in a 350 oven. Be sure to give yourself a little extra time before starting the recipe so that they can have time to cool. They should be mostly cooled down in the time it takes to make the cookie dough anyway.

Cream Cheese Cookies with Cherries and Pecans ready for the oven.

Cream Cheese Cookies with Cherries and Pecans ready for the oven.

These soft, rich cream cheese cookies turned out beautifully. The crunchy pecans and sweet cherries were the perfect flavour accompaniments. I think I’ll be experimenting more with additions to this base recipe soon. I already have a few ideas in mind!

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Yield: 36 cookies

Cream Cheese Cookies with Cherries and Pecans

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Cream Cheese Cookies with Cherries and Pecans. An easy to make drop cookie that takes its inspiration from an old family recipe for a favourite pound cake.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch  salt
  • 1 cup cream cheese, 8 oz/250 g block
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup toasted pecans
  • 3/4  cup chopped glacé cherries or drained maraschino cherries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 or 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. First toast the pecans so that they can cool. Toast them on a cookie sheet in a single layer for about 7 to 10 minutes tossing once halfway through that time. Let them cool to room temperature and then roughly chop them with a knife, or snap them into small pieces with your fingers. I like to keep the pieces sort of chunky for best crunchy texture in these soft cookies.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese, butter and sugar until soft and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  7. Fold in the dry ingredients until a soft dough begins to form.
  8. When almost all of the flour has been incorporated, add the cherries and pecans and fold in well to distribute them evenly throughout the dough.


To Bake the Cookies

  1. Drop the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the parchment lined cookie sheet about 3 inches apart.
  2. Bake for about 15 minutes until the bottom edges become golden brown.
  3. Cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes or so before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Store in an airtight container. These cookies are quite freezer-friendly.

Notes

I like to add a few more pieces of pecans and cherries to add to the tops of the cookies before baking. This is for presentation only and is completely optional.  

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

36

Serving Size

36 cookies

Amount Per Serving Calories 141Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 24mgSodium 70mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 2g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Nancy

Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

I love the combination, but would bake half the batch then add chocolate chips to the rest.

Lori P

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

Made these with mixed dried fruit since I was using glacé cherries in other holiday cookies. Delicious, and fantastic with tea! Thanks for this recipe.

Debbie

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

These cookies are now added to my "must make every Christmas" list. I have made 3 batches this month already and plan on making more next week. Thanks for the great addition to my traditional Christmas baking.

Marie Sim

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Keep the recipes coming they're great So many are what mom would make and now I'm doing them and they taste almost the same. I have been told it's the love mom put into them is what's missing and I believe it is so. Merry Christmas and a better 2021 stay safe well and God bless to you and yours

Charlotte miKearn

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

These look so good, just going to start my cookies soon. I will be adding this recipe for sure. Do these freeze well or should I make them just prior to a family gathering.

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