This easy lemon curd cookies recipe is always so fun to make and eat! They’re shortbread cookies with lemon curd that is homemade or store-bought!! I know you'll love these lemon curd thumbprint cookies!
To make lemon curd, heat zest, juice, sugar, and eggs in a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly.
4 large lemons, 4 large eggs, 1 cup granulated sugar
Reduce heat to low and continue to cook mixture, whisking constantly, about 10 minutes or until thickened.
Remove from heat and add chunks of butter gradually, continuing to whisk as butter slowly melts.
6 tbsp salted butter
Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and place in a bowl to cover and let cool. Chill at least one hour or overnight before using for cookies.
To make lemon curd cookies, place powdered sugar and lemon zest in a mixing bowl and press with a wooden spoon to release lemon oils.
1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp lemon zest
Add softened butter and cream together about 3-5 minutes, or until mixture is light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla.
1 cup salted butter, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Gradually add flour and mix just until dough comes together.
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
Scoop out one-inch dough balls and place 2 inches apart on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner. Chill any extra dough for the next batch.
Use your thumb, the end of a wooden spoon, or a wine cork to press an indentation into the middle of each cookie. Fill each indent with about ½ to 1 teaspoon chilled lemon curd. If desired, sprinkle each cookie with raw sugar.
½ cup lemon curd, turbinado sugar
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place baking sheet in freezer to chill for 10-15 minutes while the oven preheats.
Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, or until bottoms of cookies are golden brown. Let cool on pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Salted butter: I typically use salted butter in baking, but you can use unsalted butter in this recipe — just add ½ teaspoon of salt in with the dry ingredients for the cookies and ¼ into the lemon curd.Softening Butter Quickly: To soften your butter, place the stick of butter on a microwave-safe plate and heat on high for 4 seconds. Turn so another side of the stick of butter is facing up and heat for another 4 seconds. Repeat for a total of 16 seconds.