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stack of thumbprint cookies filled with lemon curd on white plate

Lemon Poppyseed Thumbprint Cookies

Easy Shortbread Thumbprint cookies filled with lemon curd! These little bites are delicate and almost melt in your mouth - the cookies have lemon and poppyseeds and are filled with an easy lemon curd before baking.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, lemon, poppyseed, shortbread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes
Servings 28 cookies
Calories 85kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $8


  • ¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened
  • cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups (186g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons poppyseeds
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Curd from scratch or homemade
  • Powdered Sugar for dusting


  • If using homemade lemon curd, make sure it’s prepared and chilled overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl using a hand or a stand mixer. Add zest, extract, and salt. Slowly mix in flour until mixture is combined. Stir in poppyseeds.
  • Scoop balls of dough that are about ¾-1 tablespoon in size. Roll between your palms to create a ball. Place on cookie sheet, 2-inches apart.
  • Use your knuckle or thumb, or the back of a ¼ teaspoon, to press an indent in the center of each cookie. Fill each indent with ¼ teaspoon of lemon curd per cookie.
  • Bake, rotating pans throughout baking, for about 11-16 minutes, or until the cookie is no longer glossy and bottoms turn light golden.
  • Cool completely before removing from cookie sheets. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg