Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries and Roasted Pecans

Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries and Roasted Pecans
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Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries and Roasted Pecans

Viviane Bauquet Farre

Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries and Roasted Pecans

The inspiration for this recipe arose a few years ago, when my mother-in-law gave me a huge bag of freshly picked pecans. I was absolutely delighted of course, but wondered what I would end up making with all these pecans.

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Place the butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and orange zest in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on medium speed until the mixture is fluffy and pale. Set aside.

Place the roasted pecans in the bowl of a food processor. Process until very finely ground (be careful not to overprocess the nuts or they'll turn into nut butter). Transfer to a bowl. Place the dried cranberries in the bowl of a food processor. Process until finely chopped.

Place the pecans, cranberries, flour, and salt in a medium-sized bowl and stir until well blended. Add to the butter mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until wet crumbs form. Using your fingers, bring the crumbs together until it forms a dough.

Lightly flour a work surface. Shape the dough into 2 cylinders about 8 inches long. Flatten the cylinder on 4 sides to make a square log. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut each log into twelve, 5/8-inch-thick slices. Butter a large baking sheet or place a Silpat on it. Place the slices on the baking sheet 1 inch apart and bake until the cookies are golden at the bottom, for 12-13 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and let the cookies cool in the baking sheet. Once cooled to room temperature, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up 2 weeks.


Note: To roast the nuts, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake until pale golden, for 12-15 minutes. Cool to room temperature before using in the recipe.


Calories per serving:

88 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 6g 9%
  • Carbs 9g 3%
  • Saturated 3g 13%
  • Fiber 1g 2%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Monounsaturated 2g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 1g 2%
  • Cholesterol 10mg 3%
  • Sodium 13mg 1%
  • Calcium 4mg 0%
  • Magnesium 4mg 1%
  • Potassium 18mg 1%
  • Iron 0mg 2%
  • Zinc 0mg 1%
  • Phosphorus 13mg 2%
  • Vitamin A 32µg 4%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 4%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 2%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 0%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 10µg 3%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 1%
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