Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
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These zesty Lemon Thumbprint Cookies are a sweet treat that everyone will want to eat! Classic shortbread cookies are filled with fresh lemon curd in this adorable citrus dessert.

Lemon Curd Shortbread Cookies Dusted with Powdered Sugar on a Wire Rack

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Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

My affinity for citrus everything has been insatiable lately and that is exactly why you are seeing these gorgeous Lemon Thumbprint Cookies filled with lemon curd.

With the crazy hot temperatures, all I want to do is sit by a pool with a massive fan pointed directly at my face and eat everything lemon flavored.

In a desperate craving, I even made a batch of my favorite Lemon Lava Cakes for Jorge and I. It was his birthday this Saturday and it made the perfect pre-celebration dessert.

For Jorge’s birthday, we had a rare late night out at the casino — we stayed out till a whopping 2am — and we were worthless the next day. We are absolutely not young anymore.

The girls made sure of that! Ha!

Lemon Thumbprint Cookies on a Cooling Rack Beside a Carton of Eggs, A Jar of Curd and a Sifter

These Lemon Shortbread Cookies are crazy good.

You start with an extra buttery soft shortbread cookie base and then fill it with some perfect zesty Lemon Curd.

You can make your own lemon curd or use store bought. I have done it both ways and either way they were amazing.

These cookies only take about 30 minutes to make…and if you are looking for something to keep the kids busy during these last few weeks of Summer, these cookies are the perfect solution.

They can help you roll them, smash them, then stick their thump print in them!

You can keep the kids busy for a few minutes and you get dessert as a reward for your patience — Score!

A Batch of Round Shortbread Cookies Filled with Lemon Curd and Garnished with Powdered Sugar

Lyla and Ellie are like their Mama and love everything citrus, so they thought these cookies were the bomb.

They kept reaching up on the counter begging  for one for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We hope y’all enjoy these cookies as much as we all did!

A Batch of Round Shortbread Cookies Filled with Lemon Curd and Garnished with Powdered Sugar
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Yield: 32 cookies

Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

These zesty Lemon Thumbprint Cookies are a sweet treat that everyone will want to eat! Classic shortbread cookies are filled with fresh lemon curd in this adorable citrus dessert.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time18 minutes

Ingredients

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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and lemon zest, mixing until combined. Add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until completely combined.
  • Roll one tablespoon of dough into small circles and then press with hands (or with the bottom of a cup) into a disk shape. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until centers are set. The cookies will not look browned or cooked, but they are.
  • Remove from oven and use your thumb or the end of a wooden spoon to press in centers of cookies. Let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Spoon lemon curd into centers of each cookie. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cookie, Calories: 125kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 49mg, Potassium: 12mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 193IU, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.4mg

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Can you freeze these cookies?

Thank you!

Do these need to be kept refrigerated due to the eggs in the curd?

I LOVE lemon curd! Could eat an entire jar all by myself!
These cookies look incredible! The perfect refreshing treat on hot summer days

I just can’t seem to get enough of lemony desserts. These cookies look so perfect!

Lemon is, by far, my favorite dessert flavor. These cookies are perfect!

These cookies sounds wonderful! I love lemon curd and regularly make my own – what a great way to use it!

Kids have a way of showing you just how old you are. But these cookies are a great way to celebrate birthdays, and feel better about getting a little older.

Thumbprint cookies are the absolute best!

You are speaking straight to my lemon-loving heart with these.

Thank You For Being Here!

Jessica
For the past 15 years, Jorge & Jessica have loved getting to share their families' favorite recipes with all of you. They live in Florida with their 3 kids.