Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

These delicious Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies are crisp and buttery with freshly squeezed lemon juice in the batter, and another pop of flavor comes from the dollop of homemade lemon curd that’s in the middle. 

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Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

HELLO mouthwatering bites of delicious cookies!

These cute pillowy cookies were inspired after making this delicious lemon curd.

I could have eaten spoonfuls until the whole jar was gone, but lemon curd this good deserves some special attention.

I thought a little scoop right in a middle of the cookie would be delicious.

Well, they certainly are.

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Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

I made these right before Alan and I went away for the weekend.

He has been training for a 50 mile endurance run. Yes, you read that right – FIFTY miles!

The course was in Auburn, CA, which is about a three hour drive from where we live.

We nibbled on some cookies before hitting the road, and then put the rest away for my daughter and boyfriend.

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Fresh Lemon Curd

If you haven’t made your own lemon curd. Do it.

The smooth and silky texture with a tart and sweet flavor is leaps and bounds better than the store bought stuff.

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and when you add it to thumbprint cookies….incredible!

If you are cutting down on your sugar intake, then use this sugar free lemon curd.

Lemon Thumbprint Cookies on a red napkin

Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

A dollop of sweet and tangy lemon curd placed in the middle of a buttery cookie.
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Course: Uncategorized
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, cookies, curd, dessert, lemon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 Dozen
Calories: 62kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup lemon curd – see notes for homemade version


  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • With a mixer, beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl until well combined. Beat in yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt.
  • On low speed, beat in flour just until large moist clumps form. You may need to use your hands at this point to form one large ball.
  • Roll tablespoons of dough into balls. Place balls on prepared baking sheets about 1 inch apart. Make a deep indentation in center of each ball. Bake cookies until firm and lightly golden on bottom, about 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove cookies from oven and immediately fill indentations with curd.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar before serving.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 42mg | Sugar: 5g


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Cookie recipe from Redbook Magazine

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  1. This looks like a very simple recipe and fun to make. I think I will love putting my thumbprint on cookies. Great idea and I love how creative this and all other recipes are. Your measurements in the recipe are always concise and easy to follow.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, and I couldn’t agree more, the personal touch of adding your thumbprint is fun! I like seeing the unique shapes and indentations on each cookie!

  2. What are the weights of ingredients needed for this recipe? I don’t live in the US/Canada – we don’t use cups/sticks as units of measure!

      1. Thanks – its really off-putting when you find a recipe you really like to have to mess around and do conversions. It would be so much better if the conversions could be included in the recipe as happens here.


    Not in my wildest dreams could I drag myself 50 miles. 🙂 I couldn’t get there on a bicycle.

    However, I COULD make these wonderful thumbprint cookies. I have a kick ass lemon curd recipe that will be perfect.

    Best of luck on the run!