Cream Cheese Pecan Jam Thumbprint Cookies are a chewy pecan cookie baked until golden and topped with fresh berry jam.
The 12 Days of Christmas Cookies is officially coming to an end. Sniff, sniff. Let me give you a little background on how it came to be. Since I am such a cookie girl, I couldn’t wait to dig in and create 12 new Christmas cookies. It was extremely hard to even narrow it down to 12 cookies! I narrowed it down to 20 different cookies to test and try out. Some made the cut, some didn’t.
My Mom, who is an amazing baker and dish washer, came over to help. She walked in to find my cupboards were lined with sheets of paper taped all over them with the recipes we were going to make. Her mouth just dropped. So. Many. Cookies. We literally worked for 10 hours the first day and she came back the next day just do it all over again. We tried bites of every single cookie and were completely sugared out at the end of it all. But what a fun few days! The baking didn’t end there. Of course, I had to try out more recipes but I think my kitchen stayed clean for a day or two.
It has been so much fun creating all 12 of these Christmas cookies. I can’t wait to see which ones you make in your own kitchen. Use hashtag #modernhoney or tag me @modern_honey on your instagram and instagram stories. I love to see your creations!
Here’s your final cookie! These Cream Cheese Pecan Jam Thumbprint Cookies will make you want to keep eating them! They aren’t overly sweet and have such a nice crunch to them. It is a recipe that I have been tweaking for the past 10 years and something I make every Christmas for my kids. They get so excited to see mama’s jam cookies coming out of the oven. I used to make jam thumbprint cookies where you baked jam inside a buttery shortbread cookie. Even though they are so delicious and popular during the holidays, I wanted to experiment doing something different and add the jam AFTER the cookies came out of the oven.
These Cream Cheese Pecan Jam Thumbprint Cookies are made with softened cream cheese and butter, whipped until nice and creamy. A mixture of both brown sugar and sugar are added and creamed for several minutes. An egg and a generous amount of vanilla extract are added. Flour, baking soda, salt, and pecans are mixed in. These Cream Cheese Pecan Jam Thumbprints are baked until golden brown and then topped with fresh jam.
- ½ cup Butter, softened
- 6 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- ¼ cup Sugar (plus more for sprinkling on cookies)
- 1 Egg
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla
- 1 cup Flour
- ¾ teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup Pecans, chopped
- ½ cup Jam (your favorite kind)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream softened butter and cream cheese for 2 minutes. Add brown sugar and sugar and cream for 4 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and mix together, scraping the bowl.
- Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Add pecans.
- Chill for 10 minutes.
- Drop cookie dough onto parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown on edges.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with sugar.
- Lightly place thumb in center of cookie lightly pressing down to make an indention.
- Drop a heaping 1 teaspoon of jam in the center of the cookie.
12 DAYS of COOKIE CHRISTMAS:
DAY #1 — Soft Chewy Sugar Cookies
DAY #3 — Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
DAY #5 — Chocolate Caramel Slice
DAY #6 — Grandma Geri’s Gingersnaps
DAY #9 — Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies
DAY #11 — Peppermint Frosted Chocolate Brownies
Find ALL of my cookie recipes by going to https://www.modernhoney.com/category/cookies/
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