Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies


These pecan thumbprint cookies filled with raspberry jam are buttery and delicious. They remind me of a miniature pie in flavor and looks. They are delicious any time of the year but especially perfect for the holiday season. Other fillings like jelly, candied fruit, or tinted powdered sugar icing can be used. Our family favorite is raspberry jam.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
48 cookies


  • ½ cup butter at room temperature

  • ½ cup vegetable shortening (such as Crisco®)

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs, separated

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped pecans

  • 1 (8 ounce) jar raspberry jam, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Beat butter, shortening, and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until incorporated. Add flour 1 cup at a time, mixing briefly after each addition. Mix in salt.

  3. Beat egg whites lightly in a small bowl; transfer pecans to a shallow bowl. Pinch off and roll dough into 1-inch balls. Dip each dough ball in egg white, then roll in pecans to coat. Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet. Use your thumb to form an indention on the top of each cookie and spoon a small amount of raspberry jam into the hollow.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until very lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes.


You can store the unbaked dough whole or rolled into 1-inch balls in the refrigerator or freezer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

102 Calories
7g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 102
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 26mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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