Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

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These delicious Lemon 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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HELLO mouthwatering bites of delicious cookies!

These cute pillowy cookies were inspired after making this 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. They are.

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I made these right before my hubby and I went away for the weekend. He has been training for a 50 mile endurance run (yes, you read that right – FIFTY miles), and 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 put the rest away for my daughter and boyfriend to enjoy for keeping an eye on our cats for us while we were gone.

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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!

5 reviews

Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 18 mins Serves 42     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. With a mixer, beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl until well combined. Beat in yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove cookies from oven and immediately fill indentations with curd.
  6. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar before serving.

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Cookie recipe from Redbook Magazine

Sandra @ The Foodie Affair
 

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20 Comments on Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

  1. avatar
    April 19, 2014

    FIFTY MILES???

    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!

    • avatar
      April 22, 2014

      I know, nuts!It was a good run and accomplishment for him!

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      April 22, 2014

      Lemon curd is one of my favorite toppings. Adding it to Greek yogurt and cookies tastes so good!

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    Tracie Keeling says:
    July 20, 2014

    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!

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        Tracie Keeling says:
        July 20, 2014

        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.

  3. avatar
    July 20, 2014

    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.

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      July 21, 2014

      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!

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      July 21, 2014

      Thank you! The lemon curd really adds a nice punch of flavor!

  4. These look amazing! 🙂 I have a homemade lemon curd recipe that I can’t wait to use for these little bite sized gems of happiness! 🙂

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      July 21, 2014

      Lemon does scream happiness doesn’t it?! Thanks so much, Kristine. I hope you enjoy these as much as we have!

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    Debbie says:
    April 20, 2016

    These sound yummy, could you pop these back in the oven for 2-3 minutes after adding the lemon curd?

    • avatar
      April 22, 2016

      I haven’t tried it, but I bet it will be fine to but it back in the oven! Let me know if you try it. I’m curious now 🙂

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