Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Orange Pecan Cookies | Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

One of my favorite holiday traditions is to make festive cookies and share them with friends and family.  I love the reactions and looks I get when I know that I am sharing a bit of myself and putting a smile on the person’s face.  It is a priceless gift.

2015 marks the 5th year I have been participating in “The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap” since its inaugural appearance in 2011.  Lindsey from Love & Olive Oil in partnership with Julie from The Little Kitchen has founded and orchestrates this fun and tasty event.  With the brand partners – Dixie Crystals, Land O Lakes and OXO who match the donations to Cookies for Kids Cancer and send us bloggers some special goodies for participating.  As a blogger, we give a tiny donation to Cookies for Kids Cancer to participate in the cookie swap, which is such a rewarding thing to do and makes a difference in a child’s life.

I have made various types of cookies over the past five years for this cookie swap. In 2011 I made Chocolate Dipped GingerbreadBiscotti, 2012 I got colorful with Holiday Checkerboard Cookies, 2013 was a year of sparkle with my Jeweled Ornament Sugar Cookies and 2014 was these divine Cranberry and Orange Shortbread Cookies.  For 2015 I continued with the shortbread theme and made my Orange Pecan Cookies. The end result was tasty little two-bite wonder – simple to make and bake.

I sent a dozen cookies to my three matches – Shelby from Grumpy’s Honeybunch, Melanie from Gather for Bread and Lauren from Bite of Health Nutrition.  I hope they arrived safe, unbroken and were enjoyed.  Within a week, my cookies arrive at my office from the bloggers I was matched with.  I received Triple Mint Cookies from Michelle from My California Kitchen, then Snicker doodle Toffee Cookies from Jennifer from Kitchen Serf and finally Red Velvet Cookies from Alice from Dining with Alice.  All of the cookies were incredibly tasty and enjoyed by many.

Orange Pecan Cookies

Makes 4 dozen

2 Sticks butter, room temperature
½ Cup + 4 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
2 Tablespoons Grated Orange Zest
½ Cup Dried Oranges, finely chopped
½ Cup Pecans, Toasted and chopped
2 Cup Flour
¼ teaspoon Baking Powder
2 pinches of salt

In a stand mixer, cream the butter well until smooth and creamy.  Add the powdered sugar slowly until incorporated.  Add the vanilla, orange zest and salt and mix well.  Add the flour and baking powder slowly until well incorporated.  Slowly add the dried oranges and pecans and mix quickly.

Form dough into 2 logs, about 1 ½ inches in diameter.  Wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.  When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Remove plastic wrap or parchment paper.  Slice ½ inch rounds and space about 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake until pale golden brown, about 12 minutes and let cool.  Store in an airtight container.


  1. These look incredible but I have a couple of questions. First, I've never seen dried oranges available anywhere so would I be correct in assuming you would need to make your own? Secondly, do you chop up the dried oranges and do you use the rind?
    Thank you in advance.
    Pati Rhea

  2. These cookies look incredible but I do have a couple of questions before so try making them. 1) I've never seen dried oranges available anywhere so would I be correct in assuming I would need to make my own? 2) Do the dried oranges need to be chopped before putting them in the batter and would you use the rind, too?

    Thank you in advance for answering my questions!

    1. THank you for stopping by! I found the dried oranges at one of our local grocery stores. You could google how to dry your own if you can't find them. I would suggest chopping them. Enjoy!

  3. Hi Lisa, I did get these cookies and they were absolutely delicious! I am a huge fan of shortbread. I loved the orange in these, it really gave them a distinct flavor. Thank you so much :) I am pretty sure I emailed you (I messaged everyone I received cookies from) when I got them. I ate them all by myself in two days! Grumpy didn't get any. lol


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