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Walnut Thumbprints

Out of all my cookie recipes, I get the most requests for this one. A friend gave the recipe to me years ago and it's become our family's favorite.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each ball.
  • Combine filling ingredients; spoon about 1 teaspoonful into each cookie. Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 211 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • mdfill
    Dec 19, 2014

    These are delicious cookies. Everyone loves them!

  • Kristens198
    Sep 18, 2013

    The filling is good, and would go well on pie, sticky buns or other places where a nutty glaze would be nice. The cookie tastes like baking soda, is a bit dry, and not very flavorful. It did bake nicely, it's just not very tasty.

  • RedPandaPop
    Dec 3, 2012

    I just made these last night with my family, easy and delicious!!!

  • superduper-cook
    Jul 23, 2012

    The receipe was easy to make i used a mini muffin pan and made an indent in them and filled it with the walnut filling . Simply delicious......

  • vlizzle
    Dec 17, 2011

    Love the recipe, but it only made 18 cookies for me and I was able to use the filling for two batches of cookies.

  • rudylenak
    Aug 8, 2011


  • senzascusa
    Dec 6, 2010

    Made this recipe ever since I first saw it in Taste of Home years ago. Love it. Looks great, too. Everyone loves it.

  • frankieb
    Apr 16, 2009

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  • kansascakedecorater
    Dec 31, 2007

    This has been one of my family cookies and I have made it for a number of years also.

  • B8wood
    Dec 31, 2007

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