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Classic Thumbprint Cookies

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


  • Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening, cut into slices
  • OR 1 cup Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 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, or any Smucker's® Preserves, Jam or Jelly


  1. 1.
    HEAT oven to 350°F. Adjust rack to middle position. Coat two cookie sheets lightly with no-stick cooking spray.

  2. 2.
    BEAT brown sugar and shortening in medium bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes or until fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add egg yolks, water, vanilla and salt. Beat until well combined. Add flour on low speed until well blended.

  3. 3.
    BEAT egg whites in a shallow bowl until foamy. Place pecans in a separate shallow bowl. Measure about 2 teaspoons dough for each cookie. Roll into balls. Dip each dough ball into egg whites, then roll into pecans. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Using the back of a teaspoon or your thumb, make a rounded indentation in the top of each cookie.

  4. 4.
    BAKE 10 minutes. Remove from oven. It may be necessary to create the indentation once again with a spoon. Place about 1 teaspoon preserves into the indentation of each cookie. Bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Cool on baking sheet for several minutes. Remove 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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