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Nutty Thumbprint Cookies
Nutty Thumbprint Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
17 mins
Total Time
37 mins
These classic Christmas cookies add that bit of sparkle and shine that every holiday cookie plate needs!
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Thumbprint Cookies
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 383 kcal
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup seedless jam (cherry, raspberry, or apricot)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and brown sugar together at high speed until light and fluffy,
  3. Add the yolks (reserve the whites in a separate bowl) and beat until combined. Mix in the vanilla.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and beat until just combined.
  5. Whisk the egg whites with a tsp of water until just frothy. Place the chopped nuts in another bowl.
  6. Scoop out heaping teaspoons of the dough and roll into balls. You'll have 36 balls. Toss the balls in the egg white and then in the nuts.
  7. Evenly space the balls on the two lined cookie sheets and bake for 5 mins.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven and working quickly, use your thumb to make a depression in the center of each cookie,
  9. Fill each depression with jam, taking care not to overfill and bake for an additional 12 mins, rotating the trays once during baking.
  10. Cool on cookie sheets for 5 mins and then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  11. Cookies may be stored in a sealed container for up to three days.
Recipe Notes

Recipe yields 36 cookies.

Nutrition Facts
Nutty Thumbprint Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 383 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 117mg5%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 520IU10%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.