Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours 15 Mins
Makes about 18 dozen

Dried cranberries give a slightly sweet flavor to crispy, buttery Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool completely (about 15 minutes).

Step 2

Meanwhile, soak cranberries in boiling water to cover 15 minutes; drain and pat dry with paper towels.

Step 3

Beat butter and next 3 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until blended. Gradually add flour, beating just until combined. Stir in cranberries and pecans. Shape dough into 4 (12-inch-long) logs; wrap each log in plastic wrap. Chill 8 hours to 3 days.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 350°. Cut each log into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks, and cool completely (about 20 minutes).

Ratings & Reviews


February 24, 2016
I have made these several times as specified with rave reviews. I tried last time with chopped and roasted pistachios. They were even better and very pretty for Christmas. I think the key is not to slice them too thick before baking.

Very Good

November 28, 2015
Do follow directions.  I used toaster oven first time.  Wafers very crumbly.  But used regular oven next time.  Cooled per instructions.   They came out very good.  Will freeze baked rolls.     (Dough was a little hard to mix, but one can work with it getting stuck in mixer  attachments.  Recommend this recipe.

KathyB65's Review

November 12, 2013
These wafers took much longer to bake than stated. I almost doubled the time and they still didn't get crisp or lightly browned. I could taste a flour taste with every bite. I probably didn't cut them thin enough on the first batch so I cut thinner on batch #2. There was less of a flour taste but still not good enough to want to make again. The thinner ones also crumbled too much. I did like the hint of heat from the red pepper. All in all, there are better recipes out there for the effort and pricy ingredients.

nancybazemore's Review

August 19, 2013
Really good and very easy. They do freeze well but don't last long once baked!

kdbarton28's Review

November 28, 2011
These were a HUGE hit at Thanksgiving and didn't last long. Crispy, buttery, cheesy and delicious! I froze two of the logs so I can make more wafers for Christmas... if I can wait that long. :)

cindylan's Review

January 07, 2015

leaan22's Review

March 25, 2013