Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
45 Mins
Total Time
4 Hours 25 Mins
Yield
Makes about 2 dozen

This clever take on beloved thumbprint cookies is sweet and savory. Refrigerated dough keeps for days, and the baked cookies freeze well.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter and powdered sugar at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer 2 to 3 minutes or until pale and fluffy. Add egg yolk and vanilla, beating until blended.

Step 2

Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended after each addition.

Step 3

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 to 4 times. Shape dough into a 1-inch-thick disk. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and chill 2 to 24 hours.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together pecans and granulated sugar in a small bowl. Shape chilled dough into 1-inch balls. Lightly beat egg white. Dip each ball into egg white; dredge in pecan mixture. Place 1 inch apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Press thumb into each ball, forming an indentation.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and, using back of a spoon, press indentations again. Spoon about 1/2 tsp. Tomato Jam into each indentation. Bake 8 to 10 more minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 4 days.

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