Lemon Drop Thumbprint Cookies

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Second only to chocolate chip cookies, thumbprints are the most requested cookie from my friends and family. I make all different varieties, some with coconut, some with chocolate, yet most with jam centers.

There is something endearing about thumbprint cookies that keeps you coming back for more. I love the addition of the tangy-sweet lemon curd in these Lemon Drop Thumbprint Cookies, but it almost doesn’t matter what you fill them with.

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Upon first bite of a thumbprint you think… Simple, nothing special or fancy here. Then you eat another, and another, trying to figure out how these no-frills cookies can be so addictive.

While pondering your explanation, you look down and discover you’ve just eaten the entire plate of cookies on your quest of unleashing their alluring secrets.

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That’s just it! The fact that they are just butter cookies holding a little filling makes them irresistibly perfect.

Life’s greatest pleasures aren’t always luxurious or extravagant. Consider family picnics in spring, hiking down a mountain trail to a little-known waterfall, taking time to bask in the sun after a week of rain. I often find the simplest things can be the most gratifying!

Plus, thumbprint cookies are fun and easy for kids to make. What’s not to love?

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These irresistible Lemon Drop Thumbprint Cookies are tender and buttery with a touch of lemon zest in the dough. They have a dollop of zingy lemon curd resting in the middle so that each bite offers a bit of contrast.

Once the Lemon Drop Thumbprint Cookies cool, they stack well, making them great for edible gifts and potluck take-alongs.

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You are going to love these!

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Lemon Drop Thumbprint Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

4.5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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Amazing tangy Lemon Drop Thumbprint Cookies – Tender buttery shortbread thumbprints with sparkling lemon centers.


  • 3 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granualted sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon curd
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. With an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest together until smooth. Scrape the bowl with a spatula. Turn the mixer on low and add the salt. Add the flour a little at a time, until it is just combined.
  2. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough into 1 ounce balls, about 1 ½ tablespoons. Place them on the cookie sheets and press with your thumb to create a cavity in the center. It helps them to keep their shape if you hold the sides of the cookie with the other index finger and thumb. Press any cracks back into place.
  3. Fill each indention with a scant ¼ teaspoon of lemon curd. (Use just a little more if filling with jam.) Bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove them from the oven and immediately sprinkle the edges with turbinado sugar.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 3 dozen, Serving Size: 36

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 138 Calories
  • Total Fat: 8.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.2g
  • Cholesterol: 26mg
  • Sodium: 91mg
  • Carbohydrates: 15.2g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Sugar: 6.6g
  • Protein: 1.4g
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20 comments on “Lemon Drop Thumbprint Cookies

  1. Jessicaposted December 30, 2018 at 2:36 pm Reply

    I was skeptical about the recipe – at first my dough turned out very dry. I tried balling up the dough, but it just crumbled so I added one egg and a teaspoon of almond milk and these turned out fabulous!
    I made half the batch with lemon curd and half with blackberry preserves, which is a nice combination. I also made them in half ounce balls, so very small, and I got 6 dozen bite sized pieces. Delicious!

    Rating: 4
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  3. Debbieposted August 17, 2017 at 12:11 am Reply

    Do you have a recipe for lemon curd?

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  5. allisonposted June 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Is this recipe missing eggs?

    • Sommerposted June 10, 2016 at 11:30 am Reply

      Hi Allison! Nope. Butter cookies generally do not contain eggs.

  6. Peggyposted June 5, 2016 at 10:32 am Reply

    oh these are looking so tasty. Love lemon cookies!

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  8. Saraposted May 30, 2016 at 2:10 pm Reply

    I love jam filled cookies!  They are perfect for tea-parties with my granddaughter!

  9. [email protected]posted May 28, 2016 at 9:17 am Reply

    I have just made a batch of lemon curd so now I am halfway there.

    Rating: 5
  10. Lizposted May 28, 2016 at 9:07 am Reply

    Love these lemon cookies. Thank you and  have a great weekend.

  11. Laura Perryposted March 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm Reply

    I made these today, coffee house size, and the recipe was perfect. They’re delicious! :)

    Rating: 5
  12. Mother Rimmyposted April 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm Reply

    I love lemon desserts and baked goods. These look lovely!

  13. Ms Bibiposted April 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm Reply

    I love using lemon in baking. These sound wonderful. I saved your recipe for next time when I make cookies.

  14. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted April 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm Reply

    I made lemon curd thumbprints last month and the curd bubbled up in the oven and spilled over! They didn't look half as adorable as yours but they still tasted pretty good. Now I see you've used just 1/4 tsp for each cookie; wish I'd seen your recipe sooner LOL

  15. Kathy Goriposted April 8, 2010 at 12:46 am Reply

    charming! delicious looking little cookies.

  16. lauraposted April 7, 2010 at 12:48 am Reply

    These look gorgeous, Sommer! I will come back to this recipe to make as petite little gifts in the future, as they are so pretty and sound delicious. I generally am not attracted to "jam" cookies, as I find them too sweet, but a lemon curd center changes everything! Yum.

  17. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]posted April 6, 2010 at 10:39 am Reply

    Ooh lemon curd in thumbprints! There's something I've never tried! Looks delicious!

  18. Pamposted April 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm Reply

    I love lemon and really love thumbprints. It never occurred to me to try thumbprint cookies this way. Thanks! I will try it!

  19. Chitra Ahluwalia Palposted April 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm Reply

    I love citrus flavor in desserts. Thanks for thsi dessert, I would try it soon.

    Chitra Ahluwalia Pal