Jacquelynne Steves

Orange Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Recipe


My daughter has a Ginger Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie recipe that I love- she makes it as a special treat whenever she wants to be extra nice to me :) I adapted it using pecans- yum!- and candied orange peel. You could make your own candied orange peel…. but it’s so much easier to use the kind you find in the baking aisle! I used an 8 oz container of Paradise brand orange peel- as I said, you should be able to find this in the baking aisle (it’s the yummy stuff that makes holiday fruitcake so good!), or you can get it online. I also added some mini chocolate chips, so you get a lot of flavors and textures with every bite- the sweetness of the chocolate, the tangy chewiness of the orange peel, and the hearty crunch of the pecans. It’s a great cookie.


I love having them with a cup of tea in the afternoon- and because they have oatmeal and nuts and fruit, I tell myself that they are a healthy snack…

Orange Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1- 8 ounce container (about 1 cup) Paradise orange peel

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, chocolate chips and pecans. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Gradually stir in oat/flour mixture. Stir in orange peel.

Form into 1 1/2” balls and place on baking sheets about 2” apart. Bake about 14 minutes until cookies are set.  Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 2 or 3 minutes before transferring to wire cooking racks.

Makes about 5 dozen.

Delicious Day Tea Cup Art- Jacquelynne Steves


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    Posted August 19, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    These look yummy! I love things that are orange flavored, and I bet I could talk myself into saying they are “healthy” also!!

  • Jacquelynne
    Posted August 20, 2014 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    I know Jennifer- unfortunately my skills for rationalization about food are sort of ridiculous, ha ha.

  • Posted August 20, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Yummy…I think it is a healthy snack (wink!! wink!!)

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 20, 2014 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      Now if I could only come up with a reason why Rocky Road Ice Cream is healthy….

  • Monique
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    this is a bit off topic , but where did you get that teacup? I just love it!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

      Monique- It came from Anthropologie. I got it a couple of years ago, but I think they might still have them.

  • Kathryn
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    This sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to try it. I LOVE Ginger!! Would you mind telling me how much candied ginger your daughter used in her recipe? Thank you so much for posting such wonderful recipes!!

  • Shirley In Texas
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I did not find where you used Ginger in the cookies…I love ginger….
    is it the candied ginger or the Orange Peel that gives it a ginger taste???

  • mom2pekes2
    Posted August 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I use finely grated orange peel from two navel oranges and add the juice from both in the cookies mixture along with the vanilla extract. I do not enjoy ginger or candied orange peel as much as most other people do. Yes, I know I am strange! :)

  • Mary
    Posted September 7, 2014 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    I am going to give these a try. Will let you know how they turn out.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 8, 2014 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      Mary- yes please do let me know how you like them :)

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