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festive pecan thumbprint cookies

Recipe by
sherry monfils
worcester, MA

These are so very simple to make and not overly sweet but very festive looking. Kids love to help make these because they can choose between a variety of sprinkles. I love to package these up and give as gifts!

yield 3 dozen
prep time 20 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For festive pecan thumbprint cookies

  • 2 stick
    butter, softened
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 c
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 c
    chopped pecans
  • 1 can
    cream cheese frosting, or homemade frosting, listings below
  • 1-1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    water, depending on how thin or thick you want it
  • 3-4 dash
    or drops of each-red & green food coloring
  • festive christmas sprinkles

How To Make festive pecan thumbprint cookies

  • 1
    Heat oven to 300, ( yes, 300.) Place parchment paper down on cookie sheets. In large bowl beat butter and sugar.
  • 2
    Beat in flour, salt and vanilla. Stir in pecans. Place by teaspoon 2" apart onto parchment paper. Make an indentation w/ your thumb into each cookie. Bake about 25 mins depending on your oven. Just until they are light brown.
  • 3
    Place cookies on cooling rack. If you are making homemade frosting, place powdered sugar, vanilla and water into bowl and whisk until mixed well. Divide into 2 small bowls. If using canned frosting, divide into bowls. Put drops of red food coloring into 1 bowl and green into the other bowl. Whisk each one until it reaches the color you want. Spoon the frostings into each cookies indentation when cool. Sprinkle the frosting w/ the sprinkles you desire, on each cookie and let set.