Friday, November 1, 2013

Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies

 I love my mom's family thumbprint recipe but how to change it up?  The base is great so let's change where the nuts go and the kind of nuts from walnuts to pecans.  A-ha!  One of my favorite pies in a cookie. 

Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies                                                               Printable Recipe

2/3 cup butter
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites, beaten

Filling:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons corn syrup (light or dark)
3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans 

Beat butter until creamy. Add half of the flour with sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla. Beat until thoroughly combined. Beat in remaining flour. Cover and chill for 1 hour or until easy to handle. 

While you dough chills make your filling.  In a small saucepan, combine powdered sugar, butter and corn syrup. Stir until melted and just boils on the edge. 
Remove from heat and stir in pecans. Set in fridge on a hot pad, cooling for at least 30 minutes.
Time to make the cookies!! Shape into 1 inch balls (slightly overfill small cookie scoop.) 

Roll in egg whites or you could brush it on.

Press center down with your thumb. 
 You can smooth the edges a little with your thumb and finger.




Bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven so you can fill centers.
You may need to make your dent again.  If it weren't holding a caramel type filling I wouldn't worry about it but this one can ooze out.
Add a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of your pecan pie filling. Don't add too much or it will bubble over your cookie.  That little guy in the left has too much! They are still edible just not as pretty.
Bake for 5-7 more minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on sheet for 2 minutes.  Remove to rack to cool.



Makes 28-30 cookies.



I came out with extra filling but it's yummy as is. Almost like a caramel pecan candy. Enjoy!



73 comments:

  1. Do you have a print button? I could not find one but may have missed it

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    1. At this time I don't. I need to take the time to get these printable. If you go to http://www.printfriendly.com/ and put in the address of my recipe you should be able to eliminate photos and get it to the recipe.

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    2. You can copy and paste it to an email and print it off from there

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    3. AWESOME!!! never knew that site existed!! Thank You!

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  2. These look awesome! I'm going to have to make them for sure! Thanks for sharing on the DBB! Going to pin them right now! :)

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  3. Pecan is my favourite but it is very costly in my country. I am sure it can be substituted with almonds or walnuts. Thanks for sharing.. Pin for later use.

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    1. Our original thumbprints we roll in walnuts so I am sure your substitutions would be just as tasty Ken!

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  4. These look fantastic! I love pecans. I'm pinning this to include in my Christmas baking.

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    1. Pecans are one of my favs! Just bought 30 lbs to split with family!

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  5. These look SO yummy!! Perfect cookie for Thanksgiving, pinned to my Thanksgiving Recipe Board! :) Have a FUN weekend!

    ~ Jenn @ We Do FUN Here

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  6. I love pecan pie!! What a great idea for a cookie! pinning!!

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    1. Feel less guilty with these nibbles and get your pie fix!

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  7. These look amazing! Looks like a great cookie for the cookie tray at Christmas!

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  8. These were melt in your mouth delicious and as tasty as they look!
    Very nice change-up from the traditional we make rolled in walnuts and dotted with frosting!

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    1. Thanks to your great base to start these with. Stay tuned for the next switch up!

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  9. Thumbprint cookies are my fave, just the right size!
    Thank you for linking to Super Sunday Sync.

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    1. They are a fun size for sure!! Thanks for the linky party!

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  10. Wow my husband would just love these! Thanks for linking up on Monday Mommies Blog Hop!

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    1. Thanks for the party and for stopping by to comment!

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  11. Yum! Love anything with pecans. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's one of the best nuts for baking, yum! Thanks for stopping!

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  12. Mmm mmm, I can’t wait to add these to my cookie tray! Fabulous!

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  13. pass the milk, I think I'll need a big plate full! yum. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. You help to make it a success.♥

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    1. Thank you for stopping by thanks too for the great party!

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  14. This look great! Perfect for a cookie exchange this holiday season!

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  15. Would love for you to link this up to Friday Favorites at http://imnotatrophywife.com
    I have asked about 3 other girls to link up pecan recipes. I think this stuff is my crack!!! laura

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    1. OMG! That was funny! I'll be right over!! :D

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  16. Great project !!

    I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

    Look forward to seeing you there :)

    http://lemonpaperdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/welcome-to-craft-create-inspire-linky.html

    Claire x

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  17. Pecan pie is one of my all time favorite treats, so these look ideal! Thanks for sharing at the Foodies and Crafties soiree!

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  18. My mom loves pecan pie and I love cookies. Pretty sure this is the perfect combination of a thanksgiving treat. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

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  19. This looks fabulously sinful and I am definitely going to try this!

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  20. Jenny, these look so good! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Here is the link to this week's party. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/11/make-it-pretty-monday-week-75.html Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you so much! I scheduled your party to share tomorrow morning!

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  21. these look dangeroThanks for linking up to Twirl and Take A Bow! http://arttisbeauty.blogspot.com/2013/11/twirl-and-take-bow-link-party-65.html
    Hugs
    Karinusly delicious!!!

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  22. These look super yummy. I made cookies yesterday. Next time I might have to try these. Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives party! Theresa

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  23. Forgot to mention your cookie recipe is getting a shout out! Grab a featured button if you like. ;) Theresa @DearCreatives

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  24. I just love everything you do! Thanks for participating in the cookie exchange!!!

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  25. This is my kind of holiday cookie! Thanks so much for linking up to the cookie exchange!

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  26. Hi Jenny! These look fantastic :) I am from Australia where it is difficult to find Corn Syrup.. Can you suggest what I could use instead of it? :)

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    1. Lozza,

      Here's a link to a recipe to make corn syrup -
      http://www.food.com/recipe/homemade-corn-syrup-substitute-simple-syrup-74080

      Just copy and paste into your URL Address Bar.


      If you do a google search for "how to make corn syrup", you will find several sites.

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    2. Lozza,

      Here's a link to a recipe to make corn syrup -
      http://www.food.com/recipe/homemade-corn-syrup-substitute-simple-syrup-74080

      Just copy and paste into your URL Address Bar.


      If you do a google search for "how to make corn syrup", you will find several sites.

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  27. I am going to make these for a party Tuesday night. You said you had some filling left over. I figure if I make only half of the filling recipe, I still should have lots left over. The filling recipe totals about 3 T. + 2 T. + 8 T. = about 13 T. If there are 12 1/4 t. in 1 T., then your recipe would make enough filling for about 13 T. X 12 or 156 cookies. 1/4 of the recipe would be enough for 36 cookies. I think I'll put about 1/4 t. pecans into each indention, and then add the liquid. It would seem a lot easier than trying to get so many pecans, with so much liquid, at the same time. For 30 cookies, that would be a little over 1/8 of a c. of pecans (2.5 T.)

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  28. G'day Jenny! Still a classic, just like you! YUM! Wish I could try one again right now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://whatsonthelist.net

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  29. What a terrific idea. Pecan pie has always been a favorite in our home so I know this would be a big hit.

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  30. I have been on the search for a signature cookie for Fall 2014 - this one looks amazing! Thank you! (Visiting from Foodie Fridays!)

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  31. Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on KitchenDreaming.com ! I hope to see you there!

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  32. I have a huge bag of pecans that I really need to use up! And I think I may do this... Thanks for linking up with us at #Foodie Fridays! You have been pinned!

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  33. ☆☆☆☆☆Just made these and they are delicious! And the caramel leftover was wonderful, too. Thank you

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    1. That's great to hear Tammie, thanks for the feedback!

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  34. What kind of flour should be used AP or self rising?

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  35. Hey Jenny - Thank you for linking up at my Online Christmas Cookie Exchange. I can't wait to try your Pecan Thumbprint version :) http://myheavenlyrecipes.com/online-christmas-cookie-exchange/

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  36. If I wanted to make these how long can they stay refrigerated before being baked off? That goes for the dough and filling?

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    1. You can keep the dough in the fridge (tightly covered) for a day or two. The caramel could firm up too much to scoop out so you may need to leave it at room temp for a bit before filling the cookies. Even better is to cook them and freeze them. Then you can make them way ahead of the holidays. They thaw at room temp beautifully.

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