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Carnie Wilson's Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

I’m always looking for cookie recipes using my favorite flavors, and lemon will always be at very top of my list!

I love thumbprint cookies and one day I had some extra lemon curd. I decided to make a really light, delicate sugar cookie and fill the center with curd! 

The result was a delicate lemony cookie that’s seriously addictive. Enjoy!

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon oil, or zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 4 drops of yellow food coloring (optional) 
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup lemon curd (jar or made from scratch) 
  • 1/4 cup powered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. Mix dry ingredients (except powdered sugar in a medium bowl. 
  3. Mix sugar and butter in a mixing bow. until light and fluffy. 
  4. Mix in eggs, extracts and oil or zest in to the sugar and butter mixture. 
  5. Mix dry ingredients in to your wet ingredients.  Continue mixing until a soft dough is formed and refrigerate for 15 - 30 minutes. 
  6. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out some cookie dough and then round the dough in to a ball. Roll it in powdered sugar and set on the cookie sheet. Continue balling dough and placing on cookie sheet 2inches apart until full. 
  7. Press a knuckle in the center of each ball to make spot to hold your lemon curd. 
  8. Fill each cookie with 1/2 tsp of curd. 
  9. Bake for 9 minutes or until lightly golden. 



  • I love lemon too. These will be a hit. I cant wait to start baking these and of course eat.

    Cathy igliori
  • I love lemon….I want to make these for my job this week.

    Sylvia Salomon
  • We love the gluten free desserts!

    Christinna Guzman

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