Tiny Pecan Thimble Cookies for a Christmas Cookie Exchange

I think there are three different types of holiday bakers. You have the:

  1. Early-in-the-season-baker– bakes a huge amount to freeze, gift, and thaw as necessary throughout the season
  2. Holiday-round-baker– bakes non-stop (the person you wish was your neighbor/mom)
  3. One-and-done-baker– bakes one cookie as an activity/tradition, close to Christmas

I fall into the last category but would like to work my way up to being a combination of Type 3 & Type 2 😉 . With mere days until Christmas, I am joining a few of my favs to share some of our favorite Christmas cookies. These are perfect for the Type 2/Type 3; if you are a Type 1, go ahead and pin for next year! If you are joining me from Jennifer at Decor Gold Designs, thank you for paying me a visit! Today, I’m sharing the cutest little cookie morsels you ever did see – Pecan Thimble Cookies.


Something my mom and I share (if you have followed along for a while, you know that list is long) is our love for all things in miniature sizes. Growing up, I loved fairy houses, Polly Pocket, and more than anything, wished I was a mouse in Witches so I could explore small spaces. The tinier, the better. So, it only made sense that tiny thimble cookies became a tradition in our home. They are easy, but, they are time consuming. These are best made with others joining in on the fun with a Christmas movie on/holiday tunes up high. Surprisingly, Dave’s cookies looked better than mine!

5 from 1 vote

Pecan Thimble Cookies

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 39 minutes
Servings 50 dozen


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups pecans
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Combine flour & pecans in food processor and process until fine.

  2. Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

  3. Stir in flour mixture.

  4. Mix in cinnamon.

  5. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

  6. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4" thickness. Cut out dough with a thimble. Place on foil-lined cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees until lightly browned (about 9 minutes).

Recipe Notes

Instead of dusting the rolling surface with flour, I use powdered sugar. Also, I occasionally dip my thimble in the powdered sugar to prevent sticking. If your dough gets lodged in the thimble, use a toothpick to carefully remove it. I went through about five cookie sheets; once one was filled, I popped it in the oven and continued to cut cookies. Continue to re-roll your dough until it becomes too small to cut.

Although the recipe calls for refrigerating the dough overnight, I split my dough into two mounds, wrapped and refrigerated them seperately. I put them in around 9:00 a.m. and pulled them out around 3:00 p.m.


A few more tips- lay the dough on wax paper before you roll it. If your dough is firm, beat it a little first with a heavy rolling pin. If your dough starts sticking to the pin too much, put a layer of clear plastic wrap on top of the dough and roll it until 1/4″ thickness. Wider, plastic thimbles seem to work best for me, but my husband was partial to the metal. Because they don’t rise, you can place them close to each other on the baking sheet.


Depending on your oven, start monitoring the cookies. Mine only take 9 minutes but it could take up to 12.


The most fun part? The display and presentation.


Think of how much fun you can have displaying these adorable, delicious little morsels! My mom has been dying for me to make these and display them in a silver gravy boat, literally, since this summer.


You can serve them in little teacups or tiny bags. Even though these cookies are small, they are time consuming and special. You don’t have to prepare tons to convey that they are a special treat. In fact, a small serving implies that they are rare delicacies.



The silver is vintage, the teacups are heirlooms and the thimbles have been passed down.




Do you have a special Christmas cookie tradition with your family? I would love to hear about it!


Up next, my friend Tamara at CitrineLiving is sharing her special chocolate chip shortbread cookie recipe she made with her daughter. If she didn’t live literally a country away in Canada, I would be there like yesterday to help myself to a heaping portion! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out her Christmas-decorated home. Easily one of my favorites EVER.

You won’t want to miss the others in the Bloggers’ Cookie Exchange! Be sure to pay each of these blogs a little visit before settling in to cap off the season.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for an incredible year. Thank you for your encouragement and for following along. Thank you for making me love my passion even more. Wishing you a wonderful and very merry Christmas. xoxo- Kelley Nan

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  1. 12.22.16

    Fabulous!!! I love your categories, and like you, I fall into #3 (or #4 – didn’t get it done) most years. You nailed it with these darling cookies and I can’t wait to try them out! xoxo

  2. 12.22.16
    Rene' said:

    Thanks a whole lot! I am gaining weight today just reading your blog!
    Merry Christmas to you and your whole family…..fluffy children too! 🙂

    • 12.22.16

      Rene’, tis the season to not monitor those silly things! haha! Merry Christmas to you; I hope it is wonderful!

  3. 12.23.16
    Kathleen said:

    Absolutely ADORABLE … thank you for sharing your recipe for the tiniest cookies ever. I love pecans, have a collection of family thimbles from my MIL, and (#5) do my baking after Christmas if I run out of time before!
    These are now added to my baking list, and girlfriends’ invites to an “After the Holiday Tea Party” are on their way!
    Loved the Blogger Cookie Echange … such a great idea!

    • 12.23.16

      Kathleen, thank you so much for visiting with me! Those cookies would be PERFECT for a tea party. You have to tell me if you make them! Wishing you a wonderful and very merry Christmas <3

  4. 12.23.16
    Kathleen said:

    Ooops! “Exchange!”
    And wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  5. 12.23.16
    Rosanna said:

    5 stars
    Making these cookies right now!!! ….
    Omg, I wish I could post the pictures, they turned out great and they are delish too!!!
    Thank you for the recipe
    Merry Christmas 🙂

    • 12.24.16

      Rosanna, that is awesome!! I am so glad you like them. Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

  6. 12.23.16
    Randi said:

    Thanks for joining the loop kel! This was so fun to do together! Your cookies are so cute!!!! Xo

    • 12.24.16

      Randi, thank you so much for having me! You of course killed it. I can’t wait for all of “the things” in 2017. xoxo

  7. 12.23.16
    Randi said:

    Your cookies are so cute!!!! Merry Christmas my dear friend! Xo

  8. 12.24.16
    Annie said:

    Kelley oh my goodness! I love this recipe and those thimbles are so pretty! What a wonderful treat and I will be saving these to try for next year. Merry Christmas friend! xo