Pecan Raisin Swirl Cookies

May 05, 2006 by Radmila Milinkov | 3 Comments| Share it:   

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  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: ~30 mins.
  • Serves: 4

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(Ingredients for this recipe are listed below in recipe steps).

Step 1

In a mixer at low speed, cream 1/2 cup butter with 1/2 cup sugar until just blended. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy, scraping bowl often with rubber spatula. Reduce speed to low and add 1 3/4 cups flour, 1/2 tsp vanilla, pinch of salt and one egg. Beat just until blended, scraping bowl. If the dough is crumbly, add dashes of water until it holds together, and shape into a ball.


Step 2

Wrap in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for an hour...


Step 3

Or if you're impatient like I am, put it in the freezer or 30 minutes, or until the dough is firm enough to handle.


Step 4

Meanwhile, in a chopper or food processor finely chop 1/2 cup of pecans, and set aside in bowl.


Step 5

Chopped pecans:


Step 6

Do the same with 1/2 cup of raisins.


Step 7

Mix together raisins, pecans, 1/4 cup of honey, 1 tsp orange peel, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, and 1/4 cup of butter (softened).


Step 8

If you're like me, you bother the dough in the freezer every two minutes, and then impatiently pull it out of the freezer within 15 minutes Again with the cling wrap, and again in the freezer for 30 minutes.


Step 9

Roll HALF of it out on wax paper to about 1/4 inch thickness. Do this in as even a rectangle as you can. Spred Half of the pecan/honey/raisin goo as evenly as possible, and then use the wax paper to help you roll it up.


Step 10

Again with the cling wrap, and again in the freezer for 30 minutes.


Step 11

Preheat the oven to 350F...the recipe says 375F but I learned the last time with recipes from this book. 350F is always safe.


Step 12

Slice to about 1/4 inch thick, and place on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake until just browned and watch the bottoms. Next time (if there is a next time) I'll drop the temp on my oven to 325F.


Step 13

I'm pretty sure that these cookies would be great with any filling, from Apricot Jam to Nutella...actually, I might try Nutella with extra real ground nuts so that it doesn't run when it's baked.


Step 14

They're yum.

Now that you have learned how to make pecan raisin swirl cookies, please be sure to view these other cookies recipes. Also, you will love these Mediterranean recipes.


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user does not have an avatar Aleksandra

Feb 26, 2009

Radmila, in step 10 you said to roll half of it. What do we do with another half?

user does not have an avatar zeny

Jun 20, 2011

Wow, just an amazing recipe. I tried it and it was really fantastic.

user does not have an avatar kursheed

Apr 13, 2012

I’ve actually tried this with each of the following: nutella, peanut butter, jam and an alternate layer of chocolate flavored dough. It was awesome!

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