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Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

Buttery shortbread with a dollop of tart lemon curd in the center. Easy to make!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon curd cookies, spring cookie recipes
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.
    mixing bowl of sugar and butter.
  • 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.
    cookie dough in bowl.
  • 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.
    balls of cookie dough being pressed
  • 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.
    wire rack with finished lemon curd thumbprint cookies.


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