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Thumbprint cookies (aka Thimble Cookies)
5 from 1 vote

Thumbprint Cookies

These Thumbprint cookies are perfect for the holiday season!

Course Baking
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie, Pecan, Thimble, Thumbprint
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Author FraƮche


  • 3/4 cup butter (or vegan butter)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg (separated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup jam (we used raspberry)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F

  2. With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg yolk and vanilla and continue mixing until fully incorporated. Add in the flour and salt and contnue blending until combined.

  3. Shape the dough into 1" balls, dip the balls in the egg whites then roll in the crushed pecans or walnuts. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet 1 1/2 inches apart and gently press your thumb in the centre of each to form an indent (this is where the jam will be placed). Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven, transfer to a cooling rack and let cool before filling the centres with around a teaspoon of your favourite jam.