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Red Velvet Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

The ultimate holiday cookies; these Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies are coated in chopped pecans.  Each center is filled with caramel cream cheese.  These make the perfect dessert for any holiday spread or winter gift.

Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies - The ultimate holiday cookies; these Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies are coated in chopped pecans.  Each center is filled with caramel cream cheese.  These make the perfect dessert for any holiday spread or winter gift. #cookies

It’s the countdown to Christmas and I still have a few more batches of cookies to bake for the holiday.  In between making Turtle Fudge and Jingle Juice Punch for a Christmas party this weekend, I wanted to share this recipe for Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies.  The cookies are a classic red velvet blend with a hint of chocolate.  They are then rolled in egg whites and finely chopped pecans.

Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies - Caramel cream cheese filling with pecans in a rich red velvet cookie. #redvelvet #christmascookies

The center of this thumbprint cookie is actually a super simple caramel cream cheese filling made with powdered confectioners’ sugar and store bought caramel sauce. I used the caramel sauce for ice cream sundaes and it whipped up nicely.

If you’re like me and are still looking for holiday inspiration, these Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs are perfect to bring to a holiday party.

Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies - Caramel cream cheese filling with pecans in a rich red velvet cookie. #dessert #holidaybaking

Today is a tough day.  A few hours ago we put down our 14-year-old yellow lab, Nikki.  She has always been a big part of my life and today she crossed the rainbow dog bridge in peace.  I am heartbroken but I know that time will heal my soul.

I’ll always cherish the memories we shared.  She loved long car rides and had a love for swimming.  We used to have to coast her to shore in the water because she’d swim for hours and hours.  She was one of a kind and loved cheese and peanut butter.  I’ll miss her a lot and I’m thankful I got to get a part of her life. She lived inseparable from her sister Dakota.  I know she is at peace and I’m thankful I got to say goodbye to her.  I will always love her and her memories will live on.

Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies - Caramel cream cheese filling with pecans in a rich red velvet cookie. #redvelvet #christmascookies

Want other Christmas cookie recipes to bake for the holidays?  Try these Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies or these extra rich and chewy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.  I make these Turtle Thumbprint Cookies every year and they are always such a hit.  A classic I grew up making with my mom is Chocolate Chip Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies.

If you’re looking for other holiday desserts, try these Christmas Tree Cupcakes or these Churro Cupcakes.

red velvet cookies with caramel cream cheese filling

Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies

The ultimate holiday cookies; these Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies are coated in chopped pecans.  Each center is filled with caramel cream cheese.  These make the perfect dessert for any holiday spread or winter gift.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 45

Ingredients
  

For the Cookies

  • 3/4 cup ( 1.5 sticks ) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered confectioners' icing sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 6-8 drop blue food coloring

For the Pecans

  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 2 large egg whites

Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons powdered confectioners' icing sugar
  • 6 tablespoons caramel sauce such as ice cream topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. 
    In a bowl fit with a mixer, beat butter and powdered sugar; about 3 minutes.
    Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside.
    Beat egg in butter mixture.  Add in vanilla extract. 
    Beat in 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring until incorporated.  To darken the red, beat in 6-8 drops of blue food coloring.  Beat until color is incorporated and no streaks remain. 
    Working in batches, carefully beat dry ingredients into wet ingredients until ingredients are incorporated. 
    To coat with pecans, whisk two eggs whites together.
    Place finely chopped pecans in a dish.  
    Scoop a little more than 1/2 tablespoon dough and roll into a ball then roll into egg whites.  Drop each ball into the pecans and roll to coat.  Place on cookie sheet.
    Using the underside of a teaspoon, carefully indent each round ball, pressing down until circle is formed. 
    Bake in oven for 12 minutes. Cookies will harden when cooled.  Allow to cool then remove from baking sheet.
    To make the filling, beat softened cream cheese with 6 tablespoons with powdered confectioners' icing sugar until fully incorporated.  Slowly beat in 6 tablespoons caramel sauce.  
    Fill a piping or zip lock bag with cream cheese filling then cut off tip.  Fill each cookie with filling.  To set filling, bake in 300 degree F. oven for 3 minutes (this is optional).

Nutritional information is only an estimate and it's accuracy is not guaranteed to be exact.

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