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Iced Thumbprint Cookies


Even Santa's littlest helper can help make these cookies.

  • Yield: Makes about 4 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2006


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons whole milk
  • Pink food coloring


  1. Put butter and granulated sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in vanilla. Reduce speed to low, and gradually mix in flour, salt, and pecans. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls, and space 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Press thumb into center of each cookie. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven; press centers with the end of a wooden spoon. Bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets.

  3. Stir together confectioners' sugar and milk; tint pink. Fill centers with icing. Let set overnight.

Cook's Notes

Cookies can be stored in airtight containers up to 1 week.

Reviews Add a comment

  • starofthesea2
    21 DEC, 2012
    We made this recipe and found the icing to be a bit bland. If you add 1-2 tablespoons butter and almond extract (to taste), it tastes like a bakery frosting.
  • DancingAngel
    29 DEC, 2009
    I love these cookes. they are so flavorful. I make them in double batches becuase they gt eaten up so quickly
  • michellelee
    17 MAR, 2008
    These cookies are yummy! They have a crumbly texture and are not too sweet. If you have a sweet tooth, you may like to consider increasing the amount of icing per cookie.
  • jatar
    8 MAR, 2008
    These cookies turned out a little dry, but very flavorful. Make sure you make them ahead of time because the dough needs to be chilled, the cookies need to be completely cool before they're iced and then they have to set overnight.