Pecan Thumbprint Cookies with Chocolate Butter

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  • Melt in your mouth amazing pecan cookies with chocolate buttercream - get the recipe!

    I’ve been busy baking for the 12 Days of Cookies! A few weeks ago, I made these pecan thumbprint cookies with chocolate butter based off of cookies Chris loved in Kansas City. He couldn’t get enough of McLain’s chocolate cup cookies. I have been looking for an opportunity to recreate them & I thought The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap would be a great way to show off these melt-in-your-mouth pecan cookies! I mailed these cookies to 3 fabulous bloggers across the US & received a few dozen amazing cookies via mail…it’s no wonder I rush to the mailbox like a child with delight. Okay, back to the buttery baked goodness…

    Copycat recipe to bakery favorite chocolate cups from McLain's in KC. Pecan Thumbprints with Chocolate Butter icing

    The base tastes like an incredible sugar cookie with a hint of pecan. They’re so smooth. They’re topped with a thick chocolate buttercream icing, which I like to call chocolate butter. It’s the perfect compliment.

    Melt in your mouth Pecan Thumprints topped with chocolate butter.

    I do have one confession to make – I was a little stingy with the icing. Normally I’d fill the top of the cookie, but I thought these would mail better. Don’t miss my tips to pack & cookies if you plan to do so this Christmas.

    12 Days of Cookies - Pecan Thumbprint cookie recipe with chocolate buttercream icing.

    Pecan Thumbprint Cookies with Chocolate Butter

    Course Dessert
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 20 minutes
    Servings 3 dozen

    Ingredients

    • 1 c butter softened
    • 2/3 c powdered sugar
    • 1 1/2 c pecans
    • 1 Tbsp vanilla
    • 2 1/2 c flour
    • 1/4 c butter softened
    • 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
    • 1/4 c cocoa
    • 1 Tbsp heavy cream or milk

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Chop pecans until fine in a food processor. Set aside.
    3. Beat butter, powdered sugar & vanilla.
    4. Beat in flour & pecans.
    5. Roll into balls & use the back of a cookie scoop to make a well.
    6. Bake 10-12 minutes.
    7. Beat butter, gradually add in powdered sugar & cocoa. It will be stiff. Use a tablespoon of milk if needed. Pipe onto cookies.

    Melt in your mouth amazing pecan cookies with chocolate buttercream - get the recipe!

    Pecan Thumbprint Cookie recipe with chocolate butter icing - melt in your mouth amazing!

    Perfectly balanced pecan thumbprints with chocolate buttercream icing. Get the must-have cookie recipe!

    Copycat recipe to bakery favorite chocolate cups from McLain's in KC. Pecan Thumbprints with Chocolate Butter icing

    The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap - the best cookie recipes, including blogger Julie Blanner

    The #12daysofcookies will be picking up speed this week. Follow along on Instagram! I wish I could share some with you! Enjoy!

    Julie

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