chocolate, cherry & pecan cookies


It’s time for one of my favorite things: pulling out the glittering Christmas ornaments and dazzling white lights, decking the halls with festive sparkle. Fresh baked cookies and a mug of hot cocoa are almost a requirement; at the very least, both small pleasures remind me to stop and savor the moment.

Chocolate, Cherry & Pecan Cookies | Tutti Dolci

These cookies are my current craving – studded with chocolate chips, chewy dried cherries, and crunchy pecans, they’d make a welcome addition to a holiday cookie exchange or to simply enjoy by the fire.

Chocolate, Cherry & Pecan Cookies | Tutti Dolci

Chocolate, Cherry & Pecan Cookies
2/3 cup flour
2/3 cup bread flour
1 tsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Whisk together flour, bread flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter and sugars in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla and egg; beat until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips, cherries, and pecans. Transfer dough to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 12 hours, or up to 3 days.

Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Form 1 1/2″ balls of dough and place two inches apart on prepared baking sheets; flatten mounds slightly. Top cookies with remaining chocolate chips (5 per cookie), pressing gently to adhere. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 10 minutes, until golden. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Yield – 24 cookies
Calories – 140 (per cookie)
Carbs – 16

  1. Laura, I crave the same dried fruits in drop cookies! Love dried cherries and cranberries. I grew up in Michigan and traveled up to Traverse City for the Cherry Festival and we always stocked up on dried fruit (blueberries, too) to stir into batters and doughs. Love hitting their sweet-tart chewiness in cookies. Yours look beautiful! Yum. 🙂

  2. Although they are a family favorite I sometimes find Chocolate Chip Cookies massively sweet. I am very drawn to the flavor and texture of the addition of dried cherries to the classic recipe! A tempting recipe to begin the season of cookies!

  3. Right now I’d love a batch of these cookies (and a mug of hot cocoa)! Pecans are my favourite nuts to nosh on this time of year, I love that you tossed them into a chocolate chip cookie recipe!

  4. Loving your favorite cookies Laura! I think you’ve hit all the right notes with this batch of beautiful baked goodies 😉 Happy Thanksgiving weekend 😉

  5. I’m so thrilled to be breaking out the lights and decorations too! Beautiful cookies! Chocolate, cherries and pecans are such a lovely combination in a cookie and sound like the perfect accompaniment for an afternoon decorating the tree. Tis the season! Fa la, la, la!

  6. I grew up eating way more sable style cookies (I don’t know why Japanese cookies are always those butter cookies – maybe more British/European influence in baked goods) and I haven’t had too many different kinds of cookies like this. So fun to discover new combination of cookies! Love chocolate + cherry + pecan. What a nice surprise (at least to me…)!

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