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Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • Baking Sheet


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup lemon curd

Optional Glaze

  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk


  • Prep the oven and baking sheets. Preheat oven to 350°F with two racks spaced equally. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugar. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a handheld mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes or until well combined. Add the egg yolks and lemon zest and beat 1-2 minutes more until lightened in color and fluffy.
  • Add the dry ingredients. In a small mixing bowl, combine the salt and flour. Add it to the butter-sugar mixture, one cup at a time. Mix on low after each addition and stir just until the flour is combined.
  • Shape and fill the dough. Using cookie scoop or tablespoon, portion out the dough and roll into balls. Roll them smooth in your palms and place them onto the baking sheets one inch apart in all directions. Indent each ball of cookie dough using your thumb, or the handle of a large wooden spoon. Carefully place a small amount of lemon curd into each cookie.
  • Bake. Bake at 350°F for 14-16 minutes or until the cookies are set. The bottoms and edges will be slightly golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack until cool. Glaze if desired. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.


To drizzle the glaze on top, mix the powdered sugar and mix in a small bowl, then lightly drizzle onto baked and cooled cookies.
Be sure to roll the balls smooth for the best looking cookies


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg