Nutty Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies ~ Just Because

Hi Friends! I'm happy to see you here today! So, we're back from our little trip to Arizona, and while I sift through those pictures to share a little about our vacation, I decided I needed to make these Nutty Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies ~ just because.

Nutty Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

I'm not quite sure where this delicious little recipe came from, but it is definitely going to be making it into our cookie rotation. Not that we really have a "cookie rotation" per se, but doesn't it sound like a good idea? I thought you'd agree ;-)

Nutty Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

Here's what you need: butter, brown sugar, vanilla, light corn syrup, egg, flour, salt, pecans and chocolate chips.

Nutty Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

These start just like every other cookie with creaming together the butter and sugar, then add in the vanilla.

Nutty Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

Next you'll beat in the corn syrup and the egg.

Nutty Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

You'll finish up by incorporating the flour and salt until it is a good workable dough.

Nutty Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

Roll dough into 1-inch balls.

Nutty Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

Then roll the dough balls into the chopped pecans.

Nutty Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

Place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart, press firmly with thumb to make indention and bake for 11-13 minutes, or until cookies are firm.

Nutty Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

Remove to wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies are cooling, make the chocolate filling by microwaving some corn syrup for a minute, then add in the chocolate chips ~ stirring until the chips are melted. Pour into a ziplock bag, seal it and snip the corner. Pipe the filling onto cooled cookies. Watch out for the cookie thieves!

Nutty Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 egg
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans (or any other nuts you prefer)

chocolate filling
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix together butter, brown sugar and vanilla in mixer on medium speed.  Beat in corn syrup and egg until incorporated. Slowly add in the flour and salt until blended. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, then roll in chopped pecans. (Alternately, one could mix the pecans in with the dough, then roll the dough into 1-inch balls.) Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb into the center to create a deep indentation. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire rack and cool completely. Prepare the the filling by heating the corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips and continue stirring until chocolate is completely melted. Scrape filling into a pastry bag or small freezer zip top bag and seal. Snip off a small corner at the bottom of the bag and pipe filling into the thumbprint holes. Makes about 5 1/2 dozen cookies.

** recipe for the cookies was not clear on when to pipe the filling into the indentations, so I did it before baking the cookies. Some turned out okay-looking while others had a bumpy look to them. They all tasted fine, but I think the texture of the filling is better when it is not baked.  I altered the recipe to recommend piping the filling on after baking the cookies.

Our house of cookie monsters was divided on which cookies they liked best...the ones rolled in pecans or the ones with the pecans in the dough.

Want more cookie ideas?
Old Fashioned Chocolate Glazed Cookies

Great Pumpkin Cookies

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  1. Please send some yummy cookies my way :)

  2. What is not to love? They look sooooo delicious!

  3. These look so yummy! My mom used to make these with jam and I loved them. Thank you for a good reminder!

  4. Your cookies look amazing and i bet taste yummy too.

  5. Visiting from Wake up Wednesday. These look super yummy, I love the look of that fudgy centre. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us. Have a great day!

  6. What perfect cookie recipes! They look so well done too! Saw you on Tuesday with a Twist, love if you share this on Fabulous Friday Party here is the link
    Thanks Maria


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