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Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

Sweet, tart, and buttery shortbread cookies are the perfect description for my Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies. Thumbprint cookies have to be, hands down, the cutest cookies. Bite-sized little treats with the perfect portion of sweet or tart filling. Store-bought tart lemon curd makes this cookie recipe quick and easy!

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 35 Cookies 1x



3 cups All-purpose flour

1 teaspoon Baking powder

1/2 teaspoon Baking soda

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1 cup Unsalted butter, softened

1 cup White granulated sugar

2 large Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

1 tablespoon Lemon zest

1 cup Lemon curd, jarred


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer
  4. Add one egg at a time and beat until each is combined. Mix in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.
  5. Add the flour mixture 1/3 at a time, mixing until fully incorporated.
  6. Use a small cookie scoop to form cookie dough balls. Place them on your prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between each one.
  7. Use the back of a spoon, measuring spoon or your thumb to press a slight indent into your cookie dough balls.
  8. Spoon a small amount of lemon curd into each cookie, roughly 1/2 teaspoon.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly golden.
  10. Remove from the oven and let the cookies chill on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.
  11. Once cooled, you can dust them with powdered sugar. This is optional.
  • Author: April Brown
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 140
  • Sugar: 8.1 g
  • Sodium: 58.8 mg
  • Fat: 7.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.8 g
  • Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 47.4 mg

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