DAY 1: Christmas Cherry Pecan Cookies
Happy December and the first day of No Empty Chairs’ Tenth Annual “Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies”. This year, I am reaching back into the blog-files to share twelve of our family’s very favorite Christmas cookies.
First up is a shortbread style cookie studded with candied cherries and pecans. This is a great make-ahead dough that you can pull out and slice anytime. Bake just a few at a time, or a whole batch.
Roll the dough into a log and it can be stored in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to bake.
Use a sharp knife to slice dough into rounds that are about 3/8” thick.
ORIGINAL BLOG POST (2011): Christmas Cherry Pecan Cookies
Christmas is a wonderful season to both spend time with family and loved ones and to reach out beyond our normal sphere of influence. See below for ideas on how you can light the world in all areas of your life.
Christmas Cherry Pecan Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
1 cup pecan halves
2 cups red and green candied cherries, halved
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Cream butter and powdered sugar; blend in egg and vanilla. Mix in flour and then add pecans and cherries. Chill dough for 1-2 hours. Shape into 2 logs with about 2” diameter. Roll in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Chill for at least 3 hours. Cut into slices about 3/8” thick and bake for 13-15 minutes. Do not let cookies brown.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies