A few months ago I was brainstorming ideas of holiday cookie recipes.  One of the first cookies that comes to mind when I think of holiday cookies is the classic thumbprint cookie.  They are typically filled with some type of fruit jam or preserves, but I thought it would be fun to cross them with another classic holiday dessert, pecan pie.  Once they were baked I added a caramel drizzle because the naked cookies looked a little bit…we’ll say homely.  But when the glaze had set and I finally tasted one, I was in cookie heaven.

These are easily one of the best cookies I’ve made, and I’ve made a lot of cookies.  The cookie itself is so tender and almost flaky thanks to the butter and the cream cheese (I love cream cheese doughs!)  The pecans in the dough and in the topping add a warm, nutty note and the caramel is the perfect finishing touch.  These would be an ideal addition to any holiday cookie platter or in holiday goodie packages…that is if you can bear to part with them.  We didn’t share.  Oops!  The perfectionist in me prefers a perfectly round center well rather than an actual thumbprint, so I like to use a wine cork.  So, pecan pie thumbprints or pecan pie wine cork prints.  Your choice!

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