Cherry Pecan Thumbprints

Robin Spires


It isn't Christmas in our house without these cookies. I've even been out of state and had to mail these cookies home because the family couldn't be without them. I love them because they contain a lot less sugar than a lot of cookie recipes, but you never miss it.

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24 cookies
20 Min
10 Min


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1 c
butter, softened
1/2 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
eggs, separated
2 c
all purpose flour
1/2 tsp
1/2 c
pecans,finely chopped
maraschino cherries, halved

How to Make Cherry Pecan Thumbprints


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  • 2Separate eggs, reserving egg whites in a separate bowl
  • 3Cream butter, sugar, and egg yolk

    Add vanilla, flour and salt and combine well.
  • 4Shape dough into 24 balls. Dip balls in beaten egg white then roll in pecan pieces.
  • 5Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and bake for about 5 minutes
  • 6Remove sheets from oven and using thumb, make an indent in the top of each cookie. Add a cherry half, cut side down. Return to oven and bake an additional 6-8 minutes

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About Cherry Pecan Thumbprints

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: Southern

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