My easy cream cheese lemon curd thumbprint cookies recipe is so simple to make. They’re perfect made with my small-batch homemade lemon curd recipe, or you can mix it up and use fresh pear jam. You can also make a small amount of lemon curd in the microwave with great results.

More favorite cookies The Easiest Vanilla Cookies Recipe Ever  & Fudgy Chocolate Cookies Recipe or a single-serving of Butter cookies. In the mood for a light cookie, try my small batch Orange Sugar cookies with this easy orange curd recipe.

a dozen lemon curd thumbprint cookies on wire cooking rack.
tempting baked lemon curd cookies

Why You Will Love These Cookies  

Slightly crispy edges and melt-in-your-mouth creamy homemade lemon curd or orange curd make these cookies light and delicious, and they’re extra easy to make.    

Ingredients

ingredients for lemon curd cookies recipe.
simple ingredients for lemon curd thumbprint cookies
  • The cream cheese should be at room temperature.
  • The butter should be softened and at room temperature.
  • vanilla extract or substitute a vanilla paste.
  • powdered sugar makes it much easier to cream the ingredients without a gritty texture.
  • I prefer using my homemade lemon curd, but you also get great results using a store-bought version.

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and butter to a large bowl. Use an electric mixer on the low setting to cream the ingredients until smooth.
butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar mixed in bowl.
  • Add in the all-purpose flour and continue mixing to form a stiff batter.
lemon curdcookie dough in bowl.
  • Line a half baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out dough into equal-sized 1-inch balls and place the dough balls onto the parchment-lined baking sheet.
lemon curdcookie dough ballson baking sheet.
  • Lightly knead each ball and pat down into a roughly 2-inch diameter cookie and 1/4 inch thick. Place back on parchment-lined cookie sheet. My small quarter sheet pan is perfect for making small-batch cookies.
  • Use your thumb or the back of a small spoon to make a small impression in the center of the cookie dough.
lemon curd thumbprint cookie dough.
  • Spoon in 1 teaspoon of lemon curd or other jam into the middle of each cookie.
unbaked lemon curd cookie filled with lemon curd.
  • Bake in 375° F oven for about 20-22 minutes. Cookies will be lightly browned.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar. Let cool slightly before serving.
baked lemon curd cookies on baking sheet.
lemon curd cookies out of the oven.
  • Different Flavor Curd: Orange curd is really good.
  • Homemade or Store-bought Jam: Try a homemade strawberry rhubarb jam or your favorite store-bought jam.

How to store the cookies

If you don’t gobble these all up the same day, store the thumbprint cookies in an airtight container, which can be stored refrigerated for 2-3 days. They will taste best if you let them return to room temperature before serving.

  • This recipe does not require rolling out the dough, I’ll lightly knead and pat the dough into the desired size and shape using my hands.  For some recipes, this works almost as well as rolling out the dough. Be aware that you might not have a uniformly sized cookie with drop cookies.
  • The taste and consistency of these cream cheese lemon curd cookies are part cookie, part biscuit.
  • With the jam in the middle, you want to make sure the center is cooked properly.  I usually sacrifice one cookie by taking it out of the oven after twenty minutes and cutting it in half.  For a smaller cookie reduce the cooking time to around 15 minutes.
  • Before baking, it’s always a good idea to check the temperature of your oven.  Using an accurate oven thermometer makes all the difference in your baked goods. 
  • These lemon curd cookies are equally good with any other jam you might have hanging around in your refrigerator.  I always have five or six different varieties, and when I start getting overwhelmed with jams and preserves, I make up a batch or two of these cookies.
Can you freeze lemon curd cookies?


Yes, Let the cookies cool to room temperature, then place them in a single layer in a Ziploc freezer bag or airtight container. It’s good to use parchment paper between the layers. 
For best quality freeze for up to a month.  These can be frozen longer but I’ve never had them in my freezer longer than a month. 

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lemon curd cookies on parchment lined baking sheet.

Small Batch Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

These scrumptious cream cheese lemon curd cookies are part cookie, part biscuit. A less sweet treat that pairs well with coffee or tea.
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 119kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounce cream cheese
  • ¾ cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons lemon curd

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl use an electric hand mixer to mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and butter together.
  • Add in the flour to form a stiff batter.
  • Line a half baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Scoop out dough into equal size balls onto baking sheet.
  • Lightly knead each ball and pat down into a roughly 1.5 inch diameter cookie and 1/4 inch thick. Place back on cookie sheet. Press down lightly and make a small impression in center of cookie dough. Chill cookie dough for about 1 hour.
  • Spoon in 1 teaspoon of preserves into the middle and spread being careful not to reach the ends.
  • Bake in 375 degree oven for about 20-22 minutes. Cookies will be lightly browned.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar. Let cool slightly before serving.

Notes

  • Chill dough before baking.
  • For variety make half the batch with pear jam and half with lemon curd.
  • With the jam in the middle, you want to make sure the center is
    cooked properly.
  • Before baking, use an oven thermometer to check the temperature of
    your oven . 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 71mg | Sugar: 4g
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