In small bowl, stir together Aunt Jemima® Original Pancake & Waffle Mix pancake mix and cocoa powder.
In large bowl, beat sugar and butter on medium speed of mixer until creamy. Add red food coloring and egg. Beat just until well combined. Add combined pancake mix and cocoa powder. Beat on low speed until combined. Stir in vanilla extract.
Refrigerate dough 15 minutes. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheet. Make indentation in center of each ball pressing with thumb or end of wooden spoon.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Remove from oven. If cookies have puffed up during baking, use thumb or end of wooden spoon to restore indentation. Transfer cookies to wire rack. Cool completely
To make the cream cheese filling: In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract on medium speed of mixer until well combined. Add confectioners’ sugar. Mix on low speed until smooth.
Spoon or pipe Cream Cheese Filling into thumbprints (about 1 teaspoon per cookie). Top with chopped pecans, if desired.