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

Yields: 45 cookies

  • 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

  • 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? 


  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 :)

  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!

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

    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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