Cream Cheese Cookies with Cherries and Pecans

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.
Course Cookies/Bars
Cuisine North American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 142 kcal


  • 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
US Customary - Metric


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

Recipe 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.

Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese Cookies with Cherries and Pecans
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 46mg2%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.