Cherry pecan cookies

Cherry Pecan Cookies by American Heritage Cooking

Instead of spending cash on a gift from a store, bake a warm gift from the ❤️ this Valentine’s Day. Check out the full recipe for these delectable Cherry Pecan Cookies from American Heritage Cooking.

cherry pecan cookies


  • 1 c butter, room temperature
  • 1 3 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 ½ c all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ c finely chopped pecans
  • 36 marachino cherries, halved


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  2. Sift flour, soda and salt in a medium bowl, whisk briefly to make sure salt and soda are distributed; set aside.

  3. Cream butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.

  4. Add egg; beat well. Mix in almond extract.

  5. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture in 3 parts, mixing well after each part. Form into a rough ball shape, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour.

  6. Shape dough into balls about 1 ½ inches in diameter, roll in pecans, pressing to make sure pecans stick to dough. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Gently press a cherry half in the center of each cookie while slightly flattening the top. (If you aren’t going to use cherries, gently flatten the top of each ball with two fingers.)

  7. Bake 7-10 minutes. Make sure to watch them as you get close to the 7 minute mark to avoid overbaking. You’ll know they’re done when the edges just begin to brown. Remove and place on wire racks to cool.

Recipe courtesy of American Heritage Cooking

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