Orange Cherry Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

These orange cherry oatmeal pecan cookies are crazy good and perfect for Christmas…

Orange Cherry Oatmeal Pecan Cookies by Nutmeg Nanny

I’m totally aware that the title of these cookies are crazy long. Here is the thing. There is a lot of stuff in these bad boys and I couldn’t figure out what to leave out of the title. All of the ingredients are pretty important…you know? 

So that’s why there is a crazy long title. To go along with that long name I stacked those puppies sky high. Long name, high stack. This makes zero sense. I really shouldn’t try to write a post when my eyes are heavy. I wish it was totally ok to drink coffee at midnight. It would give me just that little tiny burst energy I need for late night working.

Now these cookies are packed full of good stuff {stuff = title} and are perfect for Christmas. They are citrusy, crunchy, buttery and filled with little nuggets of dried sour cherry. I think they are perfect eaten alone but I could see them being delicious dunked in coffee. Which by the way I would probably never do. I hate soggy cookies. I don’t dunk my Oreos either. I’m weird like that.

Orange Cherry Oatmeal Pecan Cookies by Nutmeg Nanny

I made these cookies for Cookie Swap 2013. I haven’t heard from the recipients so I’m hoping they arrived safe and sound. If you’re a blogger and didn’t participate in Cookie Swap you should totally do it next year. You get cookies in the mail and you help raise money for a good cause. What more could you ask for?

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Orange Cherry Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

Yield: about 6 dozen

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes per batch (1 hour total)

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup quick cooking oats
2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup chopped dried sour cherries
1-2 teaspoons orange zest (depending on love of orange flavor)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with silpat or parchment liners, set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, apple pie spice and ground cloves, set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer add butter and mix until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Add in sugar, brown sugar, kosher salt and vanilla extract. Mix until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Incorporate 1 egg at a time until fully mixed.

Add in half the flour mixture, mix on low until just incorporated. Add in other half and again mix until just incorporated.

Stir in (by hand or using mixer) oatmeal, pecans, dried cherries and orange zest.

Using a 2 teaspoons cookie scoop add cookies to prepared baking sheets. Leaving at least 2 minutes between cookies.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then move to a cooling rack to completely cooked.

I’m also bringing you a showcase of my top recipes from 2013. This fun slideshow was made on foodie.com and includes some of my favorite recipes. Hope you enjoy!

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18 Responses to “Orange Cherry Oatmeal Pecan Cookies”

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    Katrina @ WVS — December 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Yes, please!! I’d go crazy for these :)

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    Joanne — December 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    All of these ingredients are definitely critical!! I wish I had received these! yum.

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    Blond Duck — December 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    That sounds so good!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    These look fabulous! I’ll take 10!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — December 12, 2013 at 6:16 am

    These are chock-full of so many great flavors!

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    Yankee Kitchen Ninja (Julianne) — December 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Nice — great combination of flavors and not the usual xmas cookie. LOVE!

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    grace — December 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    i love that oatmeal cookies are so versatile. this is a very seasonal and attractive batch!

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    Deborah — December 13, 2013 at 2:30 am

    I am all about the long title – I think it’s perfect!! And I am all about these cookies. I want one (or two!)

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com — December 13, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Love the title of these cookies – and these cookies themselves look fabulous! A stack of these would not be safe around me!
    I did a cookie swap on Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl’s site – but gonna sign up for this one next year for sure – thanks for the info and the recipe!

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    Liz @ Virtually Homemade — December 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Yum! Long names are good! Pinned :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Orange, cherries, the chunky oats, I love all the texture going on! Pinned :)

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    DessertForTwo — December 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I love a good long title in a recipe. It tells me you chocked so much good stuff in there and it all deserved a mention! :)

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    Damaris @Foodie — December 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    That cookie looks amazing! Great recipe and collection.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — December 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I love the flavors in these cookies! So wintery and warm. I could go for a big stack right now!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Ooh… I love the sound of these cookies! Orange and cherries are perfect together, and the oats just make the cookies sound so hearty. Perfect afternoon snack!

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    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — December 16, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I love oat cookies! These look great, all loaded with goodness.

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — December 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    These cookies look delicious! I love the combo.

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