Butter Pecan Thumbprints

Celebrate the Season - Fall Baking Recipe Magazine Contest 2010 shared by Mary Shivers from Ada, OK

  • Prep Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 36

1
cup packed light brown sugar
1/2
cup unsalted butter, softened
1
egg, beaten
2
teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon baking soda
1/8
teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
1 1/2
cups finely chopped pecans

Filling

1/3
cup packed light brown sugar
2
tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
cup finely chopped pecans
2
tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. Grease cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray, or line with cooking parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, the egg and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed. Stir in 1 1/2 cups flour, the baking soda and salt. Stir in 1 1/2 cups pecans.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix 1/3 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and 1 cup pecans. Stir in 2 tablespoons butter with fork until mixture is crumbly.
  • 4 Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Press thumb into center of each cookie to make indentation, but do not press all the way to the cookie sheet. Fill each indentation with about 1 teaspoon of filling.
  • 5 Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

Expert Tips

"Each year, these unique thumbprints really inspire me to get in the spirit of the holiday season. I usually serve them from October through Thanksgiving and consider them a tasty prelude to the variety of nut-filled candies I make throughout December." Mary Shivers

Use a thimble or the end of a wooden spoon to make uniform indentations in cookie dough.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
150
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
20mg
20%;
Total Carbohydrate
16g
16%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
11g
11%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.