Pecan Pie Thumbprints Cookies on a cookie plate

Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies are a crispy shortbread cookie filled with a pecan pie filling and baked until golden and crispy. These cookies are buttery and addicting, it’s hard to eat just one!

This Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookie recipe is an excellent cookie to make for the holidays. I love to include them in cookie platters and they are sturdy enough to ship to family and friends. 

a stack of 3 pecan pie thumbprint cookies

Pecan Pie Is A Holiday Family Favorite 

My whole family loves Pecan Pie. And, while I love it myself, it can be too much sweet at once. A lot of times, just 2 or 3 bites is enough to make me happy. But, my kids love it and with their sweet tooth they have no problem eating a whole piece on their own!

These Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies however are totally different. I am a cookie fan to begin with. When I am offered cake, pie, or cookies, I always would choose a cookie. What I love about this cookie recipe is the fact that while they have a pecan pie filling, they don’t have so much that it makes the cookie overwhelmingly sweet. 

I also love that the pecan pie filling is baked in the thumbprint cookie. By doing so, the sugar in the pecan pie filling melts and crystallizes and is so, so delicious! No ooey gooey filling making your fingers sticky. Just crispy, buttery, sweet goodness!

pecan pie filling in the sauce pan

What You Need To Make Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies

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*Please see the recipe at the end of the post for full ingredient list and instructions*

Butter

Brown Sugar

Granulated Sugar

Flour

Chopped Pecans

Corn Syrup

Vanilla Extract, this is my favorite brand.

Cookie Scoop, I have this tablespoon sized cookie scoop that gets a lot of use in my home!

Baking Sheet, I have this one and it is my favorite baking sheet ever!

Parchment Paper to line the baking sheet.

unbaked thumbprint cookies on the cookie sheet

Tips and Substitutions

  • Don’t skip the dough refrigeration, it is crucial to have a cookie ball that holds its shape well when placed in the hot oven.
  • If the pecan pie filling hardens before its time to fill the thumbprint holes, microwave it for 30 seconds.
  • Make a deep thumbprint well in the cookie ball to allow for a good portion of pecan pie filling
  • Substitute chopped walnuts for the pecans
cookies on a cooling rack

Other Christmas Cookie Recipes You May Like

Butternut Squash Cookies

Candied Cherry Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

Chewy Mocha Toffee Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies

Santa’s Swirl Sugar Cookies

Snowman Cookies

two stacks of 3 cookies each on a snowman cookie plate

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Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies

Shelby Law Ruttan
Delicious shortbread cookie balls with pecan pie filling baked in the center.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 27 mins
Course Cookie Recipes, Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 167 kcal

Ingredients
  

FOR THE FILLING

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

FOR THE COOKIES

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions
 

MAKE THE PECAN PIE FILLING

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and pecans until sugar is dissolved.

MAKE THE COOKIE DOUGH

  • In a large bowl beat the butter till softened. Add sugar and brown sugar and beat till fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and salt and beat well. Add the flour and beat till well mixed. Cover and chill about 1 hour.

SHAPE AND BAKE

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Press down centers with thumb. 
  • Place 1 1/2 teaspoons filling in the center of the cookie to fill the hole from the thumbprint. Bake 12 minutes or till done. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks.

Video

Notes

Tips and Substitutions

  • Don’t skip the dough refrigeration, it is crucial to have a cookie ball that holds its shape well when placed in the hot oven.
  • If the pecan pie filling hardens before its time to fill the thumbprint holes, microwave it for 30 seconds.
  • Make a deep thumbprint well in the cookie ball to allow for a good portion of pecan pie filling
  • Substitute chopped walnuts for the pecans

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 32mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 203IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Christmas Cookies, Pecan Pie Thumbprints
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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Honeybunch Hunts is a website dedicated to Hunting, Homesteading and Harvesting. Written by Shelby Law Ruttan, author and owner of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, she (Honeybunch) and Phil (Grumpy) have come together in a joint effort to share their knowledge and experience from the woods, to the garden, to the table.

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