Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies

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There is something special about eating pecan dessert recipes around this time of the year. You can feel the Christmas spirit around you and then when you have pecan cookies to keep you company with that hot chocolate, life gets just a bit better. These Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies recipe makes easy homemade cookies that scream sheer decadence. They’re perfect for parties, anniversaries, birthdays, holidays and any and every occasion and sometimes for no occasion at all. Yes, you don’t need a reason to indulge in this wonderful cookies with pecan pie filling inside them. The cookie recipe yields soft and buttery shortbread style texture with a subtle vanilla fragrance. The pecan pie filling is made with roasted pecans doused in a buttery sauce that will make these cookies very memorable for your guests. Just make sure you have a good quality vanilla extract ready for this recipe. A real vanilla extract will give these cookies a great hike in flavor. You could still use the artificial vanilla flavor, but your cookies won’t taste or come out the same. You don’t want to do that with this recipe! You can buy brands like Madagascar or Neilson Massey for a high-quality real vanilla extract or use vanilla beans you can find in any baking store. This recipe uses ingredients that are simple and everyday items like butter, eggs, flour etc.

The best part of this soft sugar cookies recipe is that you can pretty much make them the way you want. In the place of using just plain butter, you can brown it up for a nutty aftertaste since browned butter is a very classic flavor that goes with pecans. You can fold lemon or orange zest to the dough to give it a refreshing citrus flavor. You can add cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, coconut flakes, cookie butter, honey, or a hint of almond extract because these flavors blend well with a cookie recipe like this one. Add raisins, cranberries or chopped dates soaked in rum for that beautiful twist of natural sweetness. You can also add mint flavor to the cookie dough. For special events such as kids’ birthday parties, you can add rainbow sprinkles on top add a frosting with marshmallow fluff.

If you like your cookies to be a bit crunchy, you may have to bake them a little longer than 10 minutes and wait until they turn slightly dark golden brown along the edges. Make sure to place the dough two inches apart on the baking sheet or a good quality parchment paper before you transfer them to the oven, as the dough tends to expand a tiny bit. You don’t need to chill the dough before baking. You can whip the ingredients and bake them straight away in the oven. However, if you happen to use warm butter in this recipe, you might end up having flatter cookies. To avoid this, you can just pop the dough for about 20 minutes, and they will come out just right when you bake them.

Thank you to Jenny at In The Kitchen With Jenny recipe blog for sharing this delicious Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies recipe with us. Do visit Jenny’s website for more delightful dessert recipes. Jenny is a busy mom who likes to spend her time caring for her family when she’s not blogging. You can also find more information on cooking tips, cake baking and several other recipes on her website. This pecan pie cookies recipe is a sweet treat everyone in the family will enjoy. Make them this holiday season for friends and family!

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