Iced Thumbprint Cookies

4 dozen

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


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped

  • 1 ¼ 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.

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