Sunday, December 13, 2015

Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies


I received this jar of Harrod's awesome-tasting lemon curd recently and decided to put it to use in some cookies. I'm not known to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so baking up a batch of cookies is actually an Instagram-worthy event for me! 

My mom is the big cook in our family. She has a few go-to recipes she uses year after year, including molasses crescent cookies rolled in powdered sugar, coconut date-nut balls, jam bars, classic spritz cookies, and of course the crowd-pleaser, chocolate-chip. I and my coworkers always look forward to her cookies at this time of year. Even though I am trying to be healthier and cut down on sugar and carbs, I have to try at least one of each!

The dough for these thumbprint cookies is fairly straightforward and simple to put together. The finished result is melt-in-your-mouth buttery goodness with a bit of tartness from the lemon zest. This same recipe would also be great with preserves or even chocolate kisses in place of the lemon curd. 

I used the following recipe, which I found on redbookmag.com

Yields: 45 cookies

Ingredients 
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup lemon curd, store bought

Directions
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or nonstick liners. 
  • Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with mixer until well blended. 
  • Beat in yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt. 
  • With mixer on low, beat in flour just until moist clumps form. Gather dough together in bowl to bind.
  • Shape scant tablespoons of dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls on prepared sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart. 
  • Using a floured finger, make a deep indentation in center of each ball. 
  • Bake cookies until firm and lightly golden on bottom, about 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove cookies from oven and immediately fill indentations with curd. Return to oven and bake 2 minutes longer to set curd.
  • Bake remaining cookies. Lightly dust edges with confectioners' sugar before serving.


Do you have any favorite dessert or cookie recipes that you traditionally use during the holidays? 



4 comments:

  1. Hi Shannon,

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love lemon curd, and this reminds me that it's been a while since I've picked up a jar. It's fun to see the recipe (and the results) posted here --- it's an inspiration I'd love to try :)

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  2. Hi Dovey, I hope you have a chance to try it! It was a pretty simple recipe and the cookies taste great! I didn't make my thumbprints deep enough though -- that's the only thing I would do different next time :) Happy holidays!

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  3. These look delicious! I'll try them when I get some lemon curd in the future. :)

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    1. Hi Liz, Thank you! :) They were pretty tasty! I had to restrain myself from eating too many lol. Hope you have a great holiday!

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