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Double Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

These classic and delicious Double Pecan Thumbprint buttery shortbread cookies are made with a simple sugar cookie dough studded with chopped pecans and topped with homemade caramel icing and a toasted pecan.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 98kcal


Caramel Icing:


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cream butter and Truvia® Sweet Complete™ All-Purpose Sweetener in mixer.
  • Mix in flour, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, and egg.
  • Stir in nuts.
  • Working in batches, scoop out tablespoon-sized amounts of dough and roll into balls between your hands.
  • Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing 2-inches apart.
  • Make indentation in each cookie with thumb. 
  • Bake for 6 minutes. Re-indent cookies if needed with a wooden spoon and continue to bake for an additional 12 to 16 minutes until bottoms are golden brown.
  • Cool for 2 minutes and then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
  • When cookies have cooled enough to be easily handled, carefully spoon caramel icing into the center of each, and place a single pecan in the center of each.

Caramel Icing:

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm milk and melt butter.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in Truvia® Confectioners Sweetener, ground cinnamon, and vanilla.


  • When measuring the flour for these cookies, make sure to spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off with the back of a knife.
  • After you add the flour the cookie dough will be a little crumbly at first, this is normal! As you continue mixing, the dough will come together.
  • Make sure not to over bake the cookies.
  • Feel free to use your favorite caramel or icing in these cookies. I think they would be delicious filled with jam or dulce de leche too!
  • Allow filling to set for 10 to 15 minutes, and then serve or store in an airtight container for as long as a week.


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 184IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg