Maple Pecan Thumbprints

Maple Pecan Thumbprints

Sweet maple frosting is the perfect topping to these tender melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies.

45 min. prep time
54 cookies
18518 Ratings



1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups finely chopped pecans


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3/4 teaspoon maple extract


Heat oven to 375°F.

Combine 1 cup butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add flour and salt; beat at low speed until mixture forms a dough.

Place pecans into bowl. Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Dip each ball in beaten egg white; roll in pecans. Place 1 inch apart onto greased cookie sheets. Make indentation in center of each cookie with thumb or back of teaspoon. Bake 11-13 minutes or until very lightly browned and set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, half & half and maple extract in bowl. Beat at low speed until smooth. Fill center of each cooled cookie with 1/2 teaspoon frosting.

Recipe Tip

For easy clean-up, shape all the balls for 1 cookie sheet, then use 1 hand to roll them in egg whites and your other hand to roll them in pecans. Wash hands and start again for the next sheet.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 100

Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 10mg

Sodium: 45mg

Carbohydrates: 10g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #13378©2005Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Made these cookies and took them to work. Everyone loved them!
These cookies are awesome. I made these for the first time for last years cookie swap and I did double the batch . I really loved them !! But what's not to love about a buttery cookie with pecans and a creamy maple filling? They are so worth the price of the pecans for sure !!! Going to make them again soon.
Hands down, these have to be the best cookies ever!!
Excellent recipe. Nice flavor combo. Stored well. One of 15 different kinds i made for my 2011 Holiday assortment.
These are some of the best cookies I've ever made!!! In addition to the vanilla extract I also added about 1/2 Tbsp maple extract for the cookies, and I added about 1 Tbsp brown sugar and some vanilla to the frosting (just my preference, as it tasted a bit "powdered sugary" to me before doing that). Other than those things and adding a little bit of water (maybe 2-3 Tbsp) to the dough to make it easier to form into balls, I did everything else as instructed and they're just delicious!!! From the sweetness to the texture, they're everything I love in a cookie!!!
I saw these and wanted to make them for my husband's work. Since I hadn't made them before, however, I was hesitant. All my worries went out the door when my husband said the cookies were gone in an instant and people suggested I start a bakery. This is one of my top cookie recipes and with the maple frosting, they are perfect for giving as autumn treats.
Thanks for your comment... It seems when you mix this dough that it is very crumbly and you may assume the dough will not form a ball. I have though tthis when making some cookies. But, when mixing this cookie you do have to mix it sometimes up to 4 to 5 minutes and then it
forms a dough. It will be dry and crumbly and then all of a sudden it comes together. I hope you try this recipe again.
I tried this recipe this morning, and I think there must be something missing. There are no eggs and no moisture for the batter. It was very difficult to roll into balls, and one certainly couldn't put a thumbprint in them, as they were so short they crumbled at a touch. I was able to do the thumbprint when they were warm, but not before they were baked. They taste just "okay", but are certainly missing something.
This is a wonderful, delicious cookie!
Love these! So has everyone I've shared them with! I made them last Christmas, and thought the maple was a great fall flavor so this year I made them for Thanksgiving, and will probably make another batch for Christmas to give away again!
These were absolutely delicious and the filling tasted like maple frosting on donuts. Yummo!
I made these last Christmas and my family is begging me to make them again. We are all maple lovers.
This cookie is delicious and everyone who tasted loved it!
I was looking for a recipe for my upcoming cookie
exchange and this will be perfect. Here are my
suggestions: Cut the frosting ingredients in half - it is
very sweet and 1/2 tsp for each cookie is perfect this is
coming from a sugar fiend so trust me on this, use two
egg whites instead of one, the finer the pecans are
chopped- the better, pat the pecans onto the dough after
rolling them so they stay on better, and bake until just
set, not until slightly brown - this makes them softer and
does not overcook the pecans. Enjoy!
Have made these twice. They are very good, and people ask for the recipe. I halve the frosting recipe, though. They would be way too sweet with so much frosting. Half is perfect.
The maple frosting on the cookie was Very Sweet. The cookie itself was good... but don't think I would make this one again
We have a pecan tree and like the flavor of maple so this was a good way to use some pecans! Very tasty, unique and attractive cookies. Not difficult to make, very easy to eat! :-D
If you like maple and pecans, this cookie is a must make. They are fantastic!!
I just made these last night to take on a road trip with my sister and our 97 year old mother. We all love maple and shortbread cookies. Very easy to make. No odd ingredients. Had everything on hand. Came out fantastic. Gresat treat for a leaf peeping ride !
I made these cookies for a Christmas party, and they were a hit. I think that these cookies taste like a maple bar doughnut, and I love doughnuts! This recipe is a keeper, and I know that I will be baking these for years to come. They take a little bit of preparation time, but they are very easy to put together, and the taste more than justifies the effort! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!
Both my 21 year old son and I have made this easy and yummy recipe. Great with tea!

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