Holiday Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
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Holiday Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

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Speckled with chopped nuts and topped with a candied cherry, these tender cookies will disappear fast.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups Master Cookie Mix, softened
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 12 red or green candied cherries, halved

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 111 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 58mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Shape cookie mix into 1-in. balls; roll in egg white, then in pecans. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each ball. Fill with a candied cherry half. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  2. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Thumbprint Cookies in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2011, p110

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dsonta User ID: 6358660 109058
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"Of the 14 types of cookies I made for Christmas, this was the favorite for many adults. I made the recipe as stated except for the cherry. Instead I spooned a bit of jam in the center. Raspberry and strawberry, both were delicious and moist."

CathyLeatherman User ID: 2612913 113968
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"The cookie is delicious and I will definitely make them again. I changed the candied cherries to raspberry jam and filled the centers before baking. I used parchment paper on the cookie sheet and was careful to not overfill the centers."

ramsaych6 User ID: 1328546 109057
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"I didn't change a thing & they were very easy to make, as well as appealing & tasty."

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