Lemon Curd Thumbprints

Cookies · December 24, 2012

Delicious Lemon Curd Thumbprints!! Soft cookies, dusted with powdered sugar and a lemony middle!

Hello! It’s Natalie from Life {Made} Simple. I’m so excited to be here again, especially today! Growing up, Christmas Eve was always a time to gather with family and enjoy each other’s company. My Grandma & Grandpa Sroufe always hosted the “party” at their house and everyone brought plates full of festive goodies. One of my favorite family recipes is my Grandma Carol’s lemon bars. They’re perfect in every way and everyone loves them! The only problem is that they take quite a bit of time to make and they tend to get a bit messy when you’re trying to plate them up. So I thought that this year I’d make a Grandma Carol inspired treat for you!

Delicious Lemon Curd Thumbprints!! Soft cookies, dusted with powdered sugar and a lemony middle!

I thought these thumbprints would be perfect. I love Meyer lemons and since they’re always abundant around Christmas I went for it (note: you can always use normal lemons but the curd will be slightly more tart). To cut down on the prep time I decided to make the curd in the microwave instead of on the stovetop. Trust me, there’s nothing worse then spending half an hour whisking curd over a hot stove, especially on a holiday- so to save yourself some time and give the microwave method a try, I think you’re gonna like it! After whipping up a batch of curd, I tossed it in the refrigerator while I prepped the cookies. They’re buttery, flakey and full of zesty lemon flavor. I dusted them with powdered sugar and filled them with a dollop of chilled curd. These little cookies taste just like lemon bars- they’re delicious! I hope you and your family will enjoy these as much as we did!!! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


P.S. Don’t forget to leave a few of these for Santa 😉

Buttery Lemon Thumbprint Cookies


2½ c. + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

½ c. sugar

1 stick (8 tbsp.) butter, room temperature

2 egg yolks

Zest of 1 Meyer lemon

2 tsp. Meyer lemon juice

¼ tsp. salt

½ tsp. vanilla extract

Microwave Meyer Lemon Curd


⅔ c. sugar

4 tbsp. butter, melted

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

½ c. Meyer lemon juice

Zest of 1 Meyer lemon

¹⁄₈ tsp Madagascar vanilla bean paste

⅓ c. powdered sugar, for dusting


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.

2. To make the lemon curd, in a large microwaveable bowl, combine sugar, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla bean paste. Whisk in egg, then egg yolk. Place in the mixture into the microwave and cook for 1 minute at a time, whisking after each minute. You will need to do a total of 4-6 minutes or until the curd coats the back of a spatula (it will look jelly-like). The time will depend on the strength of your microwave.

3. Pour the hot curd through a mesh sieve to remove any “eggy” parts. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until cookies have completely cooled.

4. To make the cookies, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary. Add egg yolks one at a time and mix just until incorporated. Add salt, then with mixing speed on low, gradually add flour a ½ cup at a time. Mix until incorporated.

5. Roll dough into 1″ balls, place on prepared baking sheets. Lightly pat down to flatten (just a little bit), then using your thumb press little wells into the center of each. Place into the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown in color. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cookies have cooled (30 minutes or so) using a mesh sieve, gently dust powdered sugar over each cookie. Place a dollop of chilled lemon curd in the center of each, then place in refrigerator to set up for 30 minutes. Serve & enjoy!

Note: you do not have to use Meyer lemons, although they’re much sweeter than standard lemons.

Thanks again Kristyn for having me!
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sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more

oh yummy! I don’t think I have every seen a meyers lemon in the stores here, I should look, this sounds great.

Lorraine @ Cookin' For the Seven Dwarfs

This. Sounds. Amazing! I love love love love LOVE lemon curd 🙂 I think I need to make these 🙂

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