How to make it

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Adjust rack to middle position
  • Spray 2 cookie sheets with non-stick spray
  • Beat brown sugar and shortening 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.
  • Beat egg whites in a shallow bowl until foamy. Place pecans in a seperate shallow bowl.
  • Divide dough into 48 equal portions. Form into balls by rolling between your palms.
  • Dip each dough ball into the egg whites, then roll into the pecans and place on the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Using the back of a teaspoon or your thumb, make a rounded indentation in the top of each cookie.
  • Bake cookies for 10 minutes; remove from oven. It may be necessary to press the indentation again.
  • Fill each cookie with a small teaspoon of jam or preserves if desired.
  • Return each cookie to oven; bake another 5-7 minutes or until light browned on the bottom.
  • Remove from oven.
  • If using Hershey kisses press into tops of warm cookies.
  • Let cool on baking sheet.

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  • sunny 12 years ago
    Love thumb print cookies, I'll add these to my holiday baking.
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