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Pistachio Thumbprints

These mild pistachio-flavored cookies disappear in a wink. —Liz Probelski, Port Washington, Wisconsin.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour and dry pudding mix; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls; roll in nuts. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets; make a thumbprint in center of cookie. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  • For filling, beat the butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Spoon into center of cooled cookies.
  • For glaze, if desired, melt chocolate chips and shortening; drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 163 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 84mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Kate
    Dec 25, 2020

    I added an egg and flour by eye until it resembled chocolate chip cookie dough in texture. It turned out nicely. I also used sour cherry jam to fill them.

  • April
    Dec 20, 2019

    So disappointed with this recipe. After reading the great reviews I was excited to try them. Followed the recipe exactly and they were the worst cookies. I love pistachio which is why I will give this recipe another try maybe in the future but as of now they will NOT be on my Christmas Cookie Tray

  • terriscott
    Dec 30, 2018

    These were a hit - I mixed the pecans into the mixture. This is definitely a keeper recipe.

  • kcheekers
    Dec 4, 2017

    These cookies were amazing! I, too, rolled them in finely-chopped pistachios instead of pecans. I'll definitely be making these again. One thing to note though... The top of this recipe says it makes 26 cookies, which is pretty spot-on. However, the last step lists the yield as 7 dozen, which is obviously an error.

  • ljmh53
    Jan 6, 2016

    I've made these ever since the recipe was published in 1998 - .the grandkids request them often. I omit the "thumbprint" part - form the dough into 1" balls (I use the small Pampered Chef scoop) and flatten slightly. Nuts are good, but not necessary. Bake as directed then drizzle cooled cookies with melted chocolate. The unbaked cookies freeze well and I can pull out a few to bake in the toaster oven whenever the mood strikes. Don't over bake these cookies - the bottoms should be barely browned. Ten minutes is usually just right in my oven.

  • paul3303
    Nov 7, 2014

    I did not use the chocolate chips and used pistachios instead of pecans. First there is a crunch and then it just melts in your mouth. Delicious.

  • joniotto
    Nov 26, 2013

    These are one of my all-time favorite cookies. My husband can't have nuts so I roll these cookies in coconut instead. They are such a pretty touch of color on a Christmas cookie tray! I've also subbed out different pudding flavors for the pistachio to change up the color and flavor for different seasons. When I take these anywhere, I'm always asked for the recipe :)

  • Wheelerfamily
    Jul 4, 2011

    Loved this "shortbread-type" cookie with sweet icing. I might try rolling them in pistachio nuts next time for more pistachio flavor, or at Christmas shaping them into "logs" and striping them with icing tinted red. They were delicious.

  • Grandmama2
    Dec 1, 2010

    This is the only cookie that we MUST have for Christmas. A little labor intense, but worth every minute. Making them tomorrow to send to my daughter living in Germany since she can't make it home for the holidays this year. The little ones really like them, too.

  • bowdoingirl01
    Oct 14, 2010

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