Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies


Lemon curd cookies are a double delight: Shortbread cookies are good by themselves, but adding lemon curd and zest makes them absolutely fabulous.

close up on a bunch of lemon thumbprint cookies
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 dozen cookies


  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, softened

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 medium lemon, zested

  • ½ cup lemon curd


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Beat butter and sugar together in a bowl until thoroughly creamed. Gradually mix in flour, 1 cup at a time. Add lemon zest and mix until well blended.

  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Make an indent in the center of each using your thumb. Put a small spoonful of lemon curd into each indent.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

195 Calories
12g Fat
21g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 195
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 29mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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