These irresistible white chocolate cherry pecan cookies are a summer treat! Loaded with oats, dried tart red cherries, crunchy pecans and sweet chocolate chips for your new favorite treat.
Don’t you have a hard time turning away a cookie, or two, especially when they are freshly baked? Tell me its not just me! One of my sweet friends just had an adorable baby girl a month ago, so I wanted to drop off some treats for the happy and hungry parents.
The new mommy requested some white chocolate chip cookies, so I decided to give it a little summer twist. Enter this irresistible white chocolate cherry pecan cookie recipe. Yep, it’s a mouth full to say, but a delicious nibble of happiness in cookie form.
I was looking for just the right cookie base, and my talented sister-in-law Imelda is my go-to cookie hotline, hehe. She made a very similar cookie for Jason and I’s wedding, which we affectionately called “summer lovin’ cookies.” Very delicious!
It’s all about the base! These cookies bake up crisp on the edges and a little dense, tender and soft in the center. It’s got all of the classic ingredients, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour, baking powder and baking soda. The rolled oats incorporated into the batter makes these cookies more hearty and stay thicker once baked.
I chose some Dried tart red cherries because they would be a nice balance to the super sweet white chocolate chips. Oh and don’t forget the pecans! The nutty texture completes the crispy outside, soft center, and now crunchy cookie experience.
You know how sometimes once you roll your cookie dough, there aren’t enough of the mix-ins on the top? I like to add some extra fixings on the surface if needed so that the cookies are beautiful and have flavor KA-POW in each bite.
Doesn’t this picture of the stacked cookies just make you want to jump in the photograph and have an embarrassing cookie monster moment? It’s even worse when they are cooling on the rack in front of you, and you’re trying your hardest not to eat them all by yourself! You guys have to try these cookies, they are so cherrylicious.
My momma friend Erica was very happy to receive these freshly baked beauties. I remember being a zombie at home when James was a newborn, and I was so grateful for any food given from family and friends to nourish and re-energize me for the mommy and baby marathon.
I can’t wait to also make her some chocolate oatmeal coconut lactation cookies next, they are so yummy and help boost milk supply. Show some love and bake up a batch of these white chocolate cherry cookies for the special people in your lives, you may even get some hugs.
Why do some cookie recipes use different kinds of sugars?
Sugar not only brings sweetness to cookies, but it also plays a role in flavor and texture. For this recipe, equal amounts of brown sugar and granulated white sugar are used. The brown sugar adds a sweet caramelized flavor from the molasses in the ingredient and is also a humectant. The reason the center of the cookie stays soft and tender is that the brown sugar acts as a humectant that absorbs moisture and keeps the cookie moist. The granulated sugar helps the cookie slightly spread out when baked and also achieve the crispy texture on the outside.
White Chocolate Cherry Pecan Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup rolled oats, not instant
- 1 cup dried cherries, or cranberries
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- Set wire rack in oven to the middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth, about 30 seconds. Stir in the egg and vanilla and mix for about 30 seconds until combined.
- In a separate medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, stir into the creamed mixture over low speed for about 1 minute of until the flour mixture is just combined.
- Over low speed, or by hand, stir in the rolled oats. Then add the dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, and pecans until just combined. Scoop out about 2-3 tablespoon sized portions, shape into a ball, and place onto the baking sheet 2 inches apart and lightly flatten the tops. Add more chips, cherries or chopped pecans pressed into the surface of the cookies if you want more flavor with each bite. Bake one sheet at a time for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. If you shape and chill the dough to bake at a later time, allow the cookies to come to room temperature before baking (about 30 minutes), and flatten the tops to create an even height of each cookie. You may need 10-16 minutes of baking for the aged cookies because the dough is cooler in temperature. Remove the pan from the oven and cool for 10 minutes on the sheet. Remove from baking sheets finish cooling on wire racks. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.