Pine Nut Thumbprints Recipe

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Want to try a variation on the classic thumbprint cookie? Give my recipe a try. I use pine nuts, orange juice and marmalade to create a crunchy, citrusy holiday cookie that everyone likes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 102 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg yolk, lemon peel and vanilla. Combine the flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Roll dough into 1-in. balls. In a shallow bowl, combine honey and orange juice. Dip balls into honey mixture, then roll in pine nuts. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  3. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each ball. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks. Fill centers with orange marmalade; cool completely. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Pine Nut Thumbprints in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2006, p62

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