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Classic Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time:40 min
Cook Time:17 min
Yield:4 dozen cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Pillsbury BEST™ All Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup Smucker's® Strawberry Preserves


  1. 1.
    HEAT oven to 350°F. Beat butter, shortening and brown sugar in large bowl with mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, vanilla and salt. Beat until blended. Mix in flour on low speed until blended.

  2. 2.
    BEAT egg whites in small bowl until foamy. Place pecans in separate small bowl. Roll dough into 48 (1-inch) balls. Dip each into egg whites, then roll in pecans to coat. Place on baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Using the back of a teaspoon or your thumb, make a rounded indentation in the top of each ball of dough.

  3. 3.
    BAKE 8 minutes. Remove from oven. Reshape center indentations, as necessary. Spoon 1 teaspoon preserves into each indentation. Bake an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from baking sheets to wire rack to cool completely.


Serving Size (1 cookie), Calories 120 (Calories from Fat 70), Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 1.5g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 15mg, Total Carbohydrate 11g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 6g), Protein 1g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 2%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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One of my top ten recipes! Every year I make cookie trays to share with our friends, family and colleagues around the holidays. Classic Thumbprint Cookies are ALWAYS included on the cookie trays. I always use Smuckers Raspberry Seedless Jam and they melt in your mouth! Everyone always wants the recipe.... December 26, 2012
gorgeous tasty cookie! this cookie is on my must-bake classics list year after year. they are so beautiful my friends and coworkers never believe they're homemade, but once they taste them they know they're homemade, because they say they never had anything that delicious from a bakery! thanks crisco! December 10, 2011
Thumbprint cookies Very easy and so pretty on your cookie tray and they are so good. I use several kinds of jam. December 4, 2011
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