Recipe courtesy of Zac Young

Cranberry Pecan Oat Cookies with Bourbon Glaze

I love a good oatmeal raisin cookie. There is something totally comforting about them. Not to mention, I pretend they are health food! In this version, the soft oat cookie holds the tart chew of the cranberries, the crunchy nuttiness of the pecans, and the subtle citrus from the orange zest and ground coriander. The bourbon glaze adds spice for a cold winter's night. These cookies are just like the holidays at my house, fruity, nutty and a little tipsy.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 20 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 48 cookies
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Cranberry Pecan Oat Cookies: 

1 1/2 cups pecans halves

2 3/4 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Zest of 1 large orange (about 2 teaspoons)

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

Bourbon Glaze:

1 cup confectioners' sugar

1 tablespoon good quality bourbon

2 tablespoons orange juice


  1. For the cranberry pecan oat cookies: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 4 baking sheets with parchment paper. Toast the pecans in the oven for 7 minutes until fragrant. Once cool crush into large pieces either with your hands or the bottom of a heavy mug. Don't make them too small, you want texture. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and coriander. In a stand mixer, on medium speed, cream the butter with both sugars and zest until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla. On low speed, mix in the flour/oat mixture in two installments. Mix until just combined. Stir in the pecans and cranberries. Scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie, and bake for about 14 minutes. The center of the cookie should be slightly soft but the edges will be lightly browned. Let cool on the sheet for 5 to 10 minutes. Run a metal spatula under each cookie to loosen it from the sheet and cool completely on the sheet.
  2. For the bourbon glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, bourbon and 1 1/2 teaspoons of water, stirring until thick and smooth. Adjust the consistency with additional water if needed. For an alcohol-free glaze, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, orange juice and 3 to 4 teaspoons of water, gradually adding the water until the glaze is thick and drizzle-able. While the cookies are still warm, pipe zig-zags across each cookie. Let the cookies cool completely and the glaze harden. Cook's Note: You don't want to totally cover the cookies with the glaze since it has quite a kick. Or, maybe you do depending on your relatives.

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