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Sweet and Simple Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

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You’re going to love these Pecan Thumbprint Cookies. If you love the flavor of pecan pie filling but don’t want to make a pie, these are certain to be the hit of the holiday season! Lightly browned and delicious, you’re going to love them. Check out our other yummy cookie recipes!

Being able to press your thumb into these cookies for that thumbprint just adds to the fun as well!

this sugar cookie and pecan recipe is full of wonderful autumn flavors

These golden brown cookies are a great addition to any type of holiday meal or family gathering. And since everyone knows what a thumbprint cookie is, it’s just a great way to have a fun tradition at your table, too. They’re such an amazing homemade cookie dessertto make.

Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

Combining the brown sugar, flour and salt into a small bowl is just part of the process but an important one for this recipe! Rolling up the dough balls and having them on parchment paper a step that the kids can join in on and help, too.

My boys actually do like to help in the kitchen so they take over the part of this recipe where they have to preheat the oven to 350 degrees and start gathering up all the ingredients so that we can start prepping and preparing. Because the faster we work together to create the cookies, the sooner we’ll get to let them cool completely and eat!

this pecan thumbprint cookies recipe is perfect for an indulgent Autumn dessert

What can be used to make a thumbprint in the cookie?

If you don’t want to use your actual thumb, the back of a spoon is always a good choice as well!

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Make it a Meal:

I’ve been meal planning for years and love doing it! It’s such a simple way that helps me to be prepared for the week and let everyone know what’s on the menu as well.

Main Dish: Instant Pot Ground Beef Hash

Vegetable Side: Low Carb Vegetarian Chili

Starch Side: Leftover Boiled Potatoes

Refreshing Drink: Hawaiian Blue Mocktail

wow your family with the delicious fall flavors of this pecan cookies recipe

Best Cookie Recipes:

Once you make this Pecan Thumbprint Cookies Recipe, you’re going to want all the homemade cookie recipes you can get your hands on. Luckily for you, I’ve gathered up some of my favorites to share!

Carrot Cake Cookies are one of those flavors that you’re going to love.

Butterfinger Brownie Cookies will have you licking your fingers for more!

Don’t miss out on this awesome Rolo Cookies!

These Dipped Rainbow Oreo Cookies are cute and tasty!

These cute Fall Leaf Cookies are so much fun!

Blackberry Turnover Cookies are going to be a huge hit!

Don’t miss out on these Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Don’t turn on the oven, instead make this delicious No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe!

pecan thumbprint cookies for fall

How long do you need to let these cookies cool for?

How long do you want to be patient? Just kidding! But in all reality, letting them cool for 15 minutes or so is a good amount of time.

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Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

You're going to love the ease of these tasty Pecan Thumbprint Cookies!


  • For the cookies:
  • 1 ½ all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the topping:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 20-24 pecans


To make the cookies:

Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl and set aside.

Grab another bowl and mix the sugar and egg together. Then add in the butter and vanilla and mix.

Take the flour and add slowly into the mixed wet ingredients. It should start to resemble cookie dough.

Once that happens, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 2 hours, at least.

After the dough is done being chilled, take it out of the fridge.

Use a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Start to roll the cookies into 1-inch spheres and put them on the cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.

Take the back of a teaspoon and make a dent in each cookie.

Put in the oven and bake for 7 minutes.

Take out and use the teaspoon back again to press a deeper thumbprint in the cookie. Be careful, they're going to be hot.

Put the cookies back into the oven and continue to bake for another 4-5 minutes.

Once done, remove and let cool.

For the topping:

Using a small saucepan, add in the sugar, salt, heavy cream, and the water and mix them all well.

Boil it on high and then lower it to medium heat. Stir until thick which would be about 2 minutes or so.

Take off from heat source and mix in vanilla.

Scoop out some of the mixture and put it into the middle of each cookie. Place a pecan on top.

Let it sit for 3-4 minutes to cool.


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g

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