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Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies

Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies

  • Author: Audrey
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x


Indulge, in the combination of textures and flavors with these Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies, a delightful twist on beloved favorites. Picture a cookie that’s both buttery and tender perfectly complemented by the nutty crunch of pecan pie filling in each mouthwatering bite. These cookies create a blend of savory nuances, where the soft and melt-in-your-mouth base beautifully contrasts with the caramelized and gooey pecan topping. Whether enjoyed during afternoons or festive gatherings they provide a surprise to your taste buds seamlessly blending the comforting essence of traditional baking with a touch of refined elegance. Each cookie not only offers a treat but also takes you on a delightful adventure, through layers of flavors and textures leaving you and your loved ones yearning for just one more bite.



Cookie Dough:

1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 c granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 and 1/4 c all-purpose flour

Pecan Pie Filling:

1/3 c brown sugar

1/4 c light corn syrup

1 tbsp melted butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 c chopped pecans


Set your temperature to 350°F (175°C). Get two baking sheets ready, by lining them with parchment paper or applying a stick spray.

Using a mixer combine 1 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar until you achieve a smooth texture. Add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Gradually incorporate 2 and 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour until you have a soft dough.

Roll the dough into balls approximately measuring 1 inch and place them on the baking sheets making sure to leave some space, between each cookie.

In another bowl mix together 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of corn syrup, 1 tablespoon of melted butter and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir in 3/4 cup of chopped pecans.

Gently press your thumb into each cookie to create an indentation. Spoon some pecan filling into each indentation.

Place the baking sheets in the oven. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes until the cookies turn golden brown and their filling is slightly caramelized.

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for five minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack. Let them cool completely.

Enjoy your Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies!


You can effortlessly construct these Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies gluten-free so that everyone can relish them. Just supersede the all-purpose flour with a quality gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. Make sure the blend possesses xanthan gum as it helps imitate the texture and elasticity of gluten giving your cookies a crumb and holding them together.

Keep in mind that gluten-free flours may absorb moisture so you might require to modify the dough’s consistency. If it feels crumbly don’t hesitate to add a little butter or a few teaspoons of milk until it acquires the expected texture.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins