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Maple Pecan Thumbprints

Maple Pecan Thumbprints

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

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45 min
Prep Time
1 hr 40 min
Total Time



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 large Land O Lakes® Egg (white only), slightly beaten


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half

3/4 teaspoon maple extract

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    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.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  3. STEP 3

    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.

  4. STEP 4

    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.

Tip #1

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 (1 cookie)

100 Calories
6 Fat (g)
10 Cholesterol (mg)
45 Sodium (mg)
10 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
1 Protein (g)
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