Cookies Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies 5 from 4 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Save Recipe Homemade Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies have a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread-like base filled with a delicious pecan pie filling! By Gemma Stafford | December 7, 2022 | 8 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! WHAT YOU GET: My Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies recipe yields sweet, crumbly cookies with a decadent pecan pie filling. They taste just like mini pecan pies but are even easier to make. No need for a muffin tin! Pecan Pie is a fan favorite during Thanksgiving, but who says you can’t have more during December — let alone all year round? For all of you pecan pie lovers out there who want bite-sized versions, I’ve put a twist on a classic thumbprint cookie and made my show-stopping Pecan Pie Thumbprint recipe. It has a shortbread-like cookie dough that is the perfect vessel for our sweet pecan pie filling. In just under 45 minutes, using tools and ingredients you may already have lying around from Thanksgiving baking, you’ll have beautiful Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies. Make them for friends, family, and, of course, yourself for the holidays! Table Of Contents What Are Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies? Tools You Need Ingredients You Need To Make Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies How To Make Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies Can I Make Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies Ahead Of Time? How To Store Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies Ingredient Substitutions FAQs Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips More Holiday Cookie Recipes What Are Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies Thumbprint cookies, also known as Hallongrotta, originate from Sweden. They are shortbread cookies with filling and are very popular during Christmas time. Traditional thumbprint cookies have raspberry jam filling, but for this recipe, we’ve added a pecan pie filling twist. Thumbprint cookies got their name because we use our thumbs to make an indent in the center of the cookie. For this reason, these cookies make for great filling holders and are extraordinarily beautiful on a holiday cookie platter. Tools You Need To Make Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies Measuring cups and spoons Stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (alternatively, a medium bowl and a handheld electric mixer) Mixing bowls Silicone spatula 2 baking sheets Parchment paper Wire cooling rack Ingredients You Need To Make Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies Filling: Pecans: Pecans have a robust, buttery, and sweet flavor that’s perfect for pie filling. Brown Sugar: Dark brown sugar is crucial to a moist and dense cookie. Try making your own here! Light Corn Syrup: Adds a touch of sweetness to your cookies without adding too much flavor. Butter: Make sure to soften your butter before use so that your cookies come out perfectly tender. Vanilla Extract: Try making Homemade Vanilla Extract to enhance your cookies. Salt: Just a little goes a long way! Cookie Dough: Butter Granulated Sugar: Granulated sugar or “white sugar” will give these cookies the perfect amount of sweetness in each bite. Salt Egg: Eggs are our binding agent. They’ll make your cookies tender while giving them structure. Vanilla Extract All-purpose flour: All-purpose flour’s protein content will give you perfectly textured cookie dough. How To Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies Filling: Combine filling ingredients until evenly blended, and set aside. Cookie Dough: In a stand mixer, or in a bowl with a handheld electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla extract until combined, scraping down the sides to ensure even mixing. Gradually add flour until just combined. Assemble The Thumbprint Cookies: Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Press your thumb into the center of each cookie to create a deep indent. Divide pecan pie filling evenly among the cookies. Bake until the cookie is pale golden and the filling is beginning to caramelize. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Can I Make Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies Ahead Of Time? Yes, you can! Simply make the cookie dough and pecan pie filling. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place it alongside the filling in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to bake off, follow the recipe as usual. How To Store Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies If you have leftover Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you’re planning on freezing baked thumbprint cookies, I recommend stacking the cookies with parchment paper in between. This will prevent the cookies from sticking together. Let them come to room temperature before enjoying. Ingredient Substitutions Out of some ingredients? Check out the following guides to help you on your baking journey! Egg Substitutes Sugar Substitutes Perfect Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute Homemade Ingredients FAQs How do I prevent cracking thumbprint cookies? Though I use salted butter for many of my recipes, softened, high-quality unsalted butter should help prevent your thumbprint cookies from cracking too much. Be sure to roll your dough very smooth before baking to avoid cracks! Why is my cookie dough so crumbly? If your dough doesn’t seem to be coming together at first, continue giving it a mix. If it still doesn’t come together, you may have used too much of an ingredient during the mixing process. To resolve this issue, try adding a bit more butter to your dough. Why did my cookies flatten? Your cookies may have flattened while baking because of two things: 1) Your oven is too hot and melted the butter before the cookies could form properly, or 2) Your cookie dough was too warm when you formed the balls. In the latter case, you can try refrigerating your dough in plastic wrap for a bit before rolling it into balls. Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips Make sure to chop the pecans nice and small to easily fill the cookies. The cookies will stay pale when baked. Don’t over bake, or the filling will become too chewy to eat. You can finish these cookies with a drizzle of melted chocolate if you wish. Try replacing the pecans with walnuts for a different twist. Serve these alongside Petite Pumpkin Pies as part of a fun holiday dessert buffet. Try More Holiday Cookie Recipes! Ginger Crinkle Cookies Chocolate Crinkle Cookies GIANT Single-Serving Christmas Cookies Best Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe And don’t miss more everyday baking recipes in my NEW Bigger Bolder Baking Every Day Cookbook! Try These Recipes! Nuremberg Lebkuchen (German Christmas Cookies)Italian Ricotta Cookies With Christmas Sprinkles3 Easy Christmas Cookies To Bake With KidsItalian Rainbow Cookies (7 Layer Cookies) Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies 5 from 4 votes Print Recipe Add to Favorites Loading… Homemade Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies have a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread-like base filled with a delicious pecan pie filling! Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 24 cookies Dessert Nuts Christmas Baking Pans Oven Prep Time 30 minsCook Time 12 mins Homemade Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies have a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread-like base filled with a delicious pecan pie filling! Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 24 cookies Ingredients For the Filling¾ cup (3¾ oz/105 g) pecans, finely chopped⅓ cup (2 oz/57 g) brown sugar3 tablespoons light corn syrup2 tablespoons butter½ teaspoon vanilla extract¼ teaspoon saltFor the Cookie Dough1 cup (8 oz/225 g) butter, softened¾ cup (6 oz/170 g) granulated sugar¼ teaspoon salt1 large egg, at room temperature1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 cups (10 oz/284 g) all-purpose flour Instructions Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.To Make the FillingIn a small bowl, combine the pecans, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla extract, and salt until evenly blended. Set aside.To Make the Cookie DoughIn the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or with a medium bowl and a handheld electric mixer), cream the butter, granulated sugar, and salt on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing.Turn the mixing speed to low and gradually add the flour until just combined.To Assemble and BakeRoll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and place 2 inches (5 cm) apart on the prepared baking sheets.Press your thumb into the center of each cookie to create a deep indent.Divide the pecan filling evenly among the cookies.Bake 10-12 minutes, until pale golden and the filling is beginning to caramelize.Let cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.