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March 1, 2019


Pecan Thumbprints


If you’ve been looking for a new cookie recipe, this is definitely the one to try. These cookies are so good that I’m already thinking of whipping up another batch. I’ve made various thumbprints in the past that were filled with either jam or chocolate, but this frangipane filling nestled under a pecan half adds an unexpected layer of flavor to this buttery cookie.

Glancing at the recipe it may look like there’s a lot of steps involved, but the frangipane can be made up to three days ahead. You’ll have some left over and I plan on slathering it on some puff pastry and rolling it up to make pinwheels.

This is absolutely the best cookie recipe I’ve tried in a while. I dare you to eat just one!

Double Pecan Thumbprints 


2 cups pecan halves

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg white

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature

2 tsp. espresso powder (which I forgot to add)

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. almond extract

Dough and assembly:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup powdered sugar, divided; plus more for serving (optional)

1 large egg yolk

1 tsp. vanilla extract or paste

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly toast pecans on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing halfway through, until slightly darkened in color and fragrant, 6–8 minutes. Let cool; set 1 1/4 cups pecans aside for making the dough.

Pulse granulated sugar and remaining 3/4 cup pecans in a food processor until nuts are very finely ground (be careful to stop before they become a paste), 30–60 seconds. Add egg white and pulse just to blend, then add butter, espresso powder, salt, and almond extract. Pulse just until mixture is smooth and combined. Scrape frangipane into a small bowl and chill at least 30 minutes before using.

Pulse flour, salt, baking powder, and 1 cup reserved pecans in clean food processor until nuts are very finely ground, about 1 minute.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add egg yolk and vanilla and beat until combined and no streaks remain. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients. Beat just until incorporated, about 1 minute. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill dough until it’s firm enough that you can scoop it and it will hold its shape, 30–45 minutes.

Place racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 350°F. Place 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Working in batches, scoop out tablespoonfuls of dough and roll into balls between your hands, then roll in powdered sugar, knocking off any excess. Transfer to 2 parchment-lined baking sheets as you work, spacing 2″ apart.

Bake cookies until puffed but edges are still soft, 6–8 minutes. Carefully remove from oven and make an indent in the center of each cookie with the handle end of a wooden spoon or a similar heatproof object. Spoon a heaping 1/2-teaspoonful of frangipane into each and top with a pecan half from remaining reserved 1/4 cup. Return cookies to oven and continue to bake until edges are set and very lightly browned, 6–8 minutes longer. Let cool on baking sheets.

Just before serving, dust cookies with more powdered sugar if desired.

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8 thoughts on “Pecan Thumbprints

  1. Panini girl You hav always been the best cookie maker 🙌can’t wait to try
    These XxL

  2. Oh my goodness, you are a temptress. These are really calling my name and I can’t wait to try them.

  3. Debra-they really are my new favorite.

  4. This type of cookie is a family favorite thanks to a dear friend who has been making them for some time. Pecans and butter – what can be wrong!

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