Festive Thumbprint Cookies

Ready in
40 min
These buttery holiday favourites are given a healthy upgrade with whole wheat flour. For a nut-free option, roll in Great Value Unsweetened Desiccated Coconut instead of pecans.

Serving Size


Estimated Cost*


Per Serving

Prep Time

15 min

Cooking Time

25 min

Price/Availability Effective Date: February 10, 2014


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C.) Line a baking tray with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a food processor pulse the pecan pieces until finely chopped. Transfer to a small shallow bowl; set aside.  Lightly beat the egg white until frothy in a separate small shallow bowl; set aside.
  3. In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt several times to combine.   Add butter, egg yolk, and vanilla; blend until smooth dough forms, scraping down the sides several times.
  4. Shape dough into 1 Tbsp (15 mL) sized balls.  Roll in egg white then chopped pecans.  Place 2” (5 cm) apart on prepared baking tray.  Bake in center of preheated oven for 5-6 minutes.
  5. Remove cookies from oven; cool 1 minute.  Using thumb or the back of a wooden spoon, indent the top of each cookie.  Spoon a heaped ½ tsp (2 mL) preserves into each indent.  Bake 16-18 minutes longer or until cookies are set.  Cool completely on the tray before serving.

Recipe notes

  • Yields 20 cookies
  • If you don’t have a food processor, finely chop the pecans by hand and mix all the ingredients together in a bowl to form the dough.
  • Feel free to use any jam or preserve you have on hand.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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