Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

There’s just something about the flavor of pecan that’s great around the holidays, or any time of year for that matter. Likewise, sugar cookies are always a go-to for holiday baking. This is why we’re making pecan thumbprint sugar cookies! Yes, we’re baking thumbprint sugar cookies with a homemade, easy pecan pie filling – delish!

No matter which way the cookie crumbles, you’ll love these pecan thumbprint cookies with pecan pie filling. They’re easy to make and will please the whole family. Let’s get to it and make a big batch of delicious pecan thumbprint sugar cookies!

10 min
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
45 min
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1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tbs butter
3 tbs honey
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup sugar + sugar for rolling the dough in
10 tbs (1 stick + 2tbs) butter, softened to room temp
1 and 1/3 cup flour


Combine butter, brown sugar and honey in a sauce pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until you've just reach a boil.
Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the pecans and set aside to cool while you prepare your cookies.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees; prepare baking sheet
In a bowl, beat sugar and butter until well incorporated
Add flour and continue beating until well mixed; dough will be crumbly do not over mix
Knead dough with your fingers into 1 inch balls, roll them in sugar, then shape them into disks. Press your finger into the middle of the dough to make a well, almost to the bottom of the cookie
Place cookies on prepared baking sheet , about 1 to 2 inches apart
Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven
Re-press wells if needed; drop 1/4 tsp of pecan pie filling in each cookie, do not overfill
Return to oven and bake for an additional 4 to 6 minutes; total bake time 12-14 minutes
Cookies are done when they have a dry appearance, cookies do not brown
Cool cookies for 5 minutes on baking sheet, move to cooling rack; serve


Get butter to room temperature. Make the filling first. While it cools, prepare your cookies.

Dough is very crumbly. Knead dough in your palm and fingers; do not try to roll the dough into or disks.

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