Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cherry Pecan Thumbprints Cookies

It just wouldn't be Christmas in our house without these cookies. We have been making them for years. They are a wonderful combination of a simple shortbread cookie rolled in crispy pecans and topped with a sweet maraschino cherry. they are always a hit!


1 cup Butter, softened

½ cup Packed Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

1 Tsp Vanilla

2 cups All Purpose Flour

½ tsp Salt

½ cup Finely Chopped Pecans

12 Maraschino Cherries, halved


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

Separate eggs, reserving egg whites in a separate bowl.

Cream butter, sugar, and egg yolk

Add vanilla, flour and salt and combine well.

Shape dough into 24 balls. Dip balls in beaten egg white then roll in pecan pieces.

Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and bake for about 5 minutes.

Remove 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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