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Lemon Curd Cookies

Lemon Curd Cookies

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Lemon Curd Cookies: A luscious treat featuring room-temperature unsalted butter, fine caster sugar, a hint of fresh lemon zest and juice, and topped with sumptuous lemon curd. Perfect for adding a zesty twist to your cookie jar!

Once upon a sunny afternoon, I stumbled upon this recipe while yearning for something that reminded me of Grandma’s kitchen. She loved lemons – their bright color and zesty aroma. Inspired, I set out to create these Lemon Curd Cookies, each bite filled with memories of her laughter and love. The first time I baked them, their tangy-sweet aroma transported me back to summers spent in her garden, sipping lemonade under the sun. Now, these cookies are a cherished part of family gatherings, evoking nostalgia and creating new memories.

Why You’ll Love Lemon Curd Cookies

  1. Zesty Freshness: Unlike other cookie recipes, these Lemon Curd Cookies boast a refreshing burst of natural lemon flavor, thanks to the fresh zest and juice.
  2. Perfect Texture: The cookies achieve a delightful balance between softness and crunch, with a melt-in-the-mouth texture that’s irresistibly good.
  3. Versatile Delight: They’re not just great for dessert; these cookies make a delightful accompaniment to tea or a gourmet addition to brunch.
  4. Simple Elegance: With their charming appearance, crowned with a dollop of lemon curd, these cookies bring a touch of elegance to any occasion.

Ingredients Notes

Lemon Curd Cookies – a blend of simple yet exquisite ingredients. The key is in the quality: use only the finest unsalted butter for richness, and caster sugar for its fine texture, ensuring a delicate crumb. Fresh lemon zest and juice infuse the cookies with a vibrant, natural lemon flavor that’s unmatched by artificial substitutes. The all-purpose flour forms the base of the dough, providing the perfect canvas for these flavors. And the star, lemon curd, adds a tangy-sweet finish that elevates this cookie from ordinary to extraordinary.

Recipe Steps Explained

  1. Preparation: Begin by preheating your oven and preparing the baking tray. This ensures a ready-to-go setup, crucial for seamless baking.
  2. Mixture Formation: Creaming butter and sugar is an art – it’s where the texture begins. Achieving that pale, fluffy consistency is key.
  3. Incorporate Additional Ingredients: Adding the egg yolk, lemon zest, juice, and salt at this stage infuses the batter with zesty flavors and binds the ingredients harmoniously.
  4. Flour Integration: Gently adding flour prevents overworking the dough, ensuring the cookies stay tender.
  5. Dough Preparation: Handling the dough with care at this point is essential to maintain the perfect texture.
  6. Shaping the Cookies: Consistency is key here – uniform balls of dough ensure even baking.
  7. Creating an Indentation: This step is crucial for holding the lemon curd, a defining feature of these cookies.
  8. Initial Baking Phase: Watch for that light golden color – it’s the sign of perfectly baked cookies.
  9. Adding Lemon Curd: Filling the indentations while the cookies are hot allows the curd to set nicely.
  10. Secondary Baking Phase (Optional): This extra step ensures the lemon curd is perfectly set, enhancing the texture.
  11. Final Presentation: A dusting of icing sugar not only adds sweetness but also a touch of elegance.
  12. Alternative Variation: The versatility of the recipe is showcased here, offering an option for those who fancy a different form.

Storage Options

For these Lemon Curd Cookies, storage is key to maintaining their delightful texture and flavor. The best approach is to store them in an airtight container at room temperature, where they will stay fresh for up to a week. If you’re in a warmer climate, consider refrigerating them to keep the curd fresh and prevent it from melting. For longer storage, you can freeze the cookies without the curd and add it just before serving, ensuring a fresh, tangy burst with every bite.

Variations and Substitutions

  1. Butter Alternatives: For those who prefer, margarine or a plant-based butter can be used in place of unsalted butter, offering a dairy-free option.
  2. Sugar Varieties: If caster sugar is unavailable, granulated sugar or even coconut sugar can be used as a substitute.
  3. Egg-Free Version: For an eggless alternative, a tablespoon of applesauce or a flax egg can replace the egg yolk, slightly altering the texture but still delicious.
  4. Lemon Flavor Adjustments: Adjust the amount of lemon zest and juice to taste. For a more subtle lemon flavor, reduce the quantities slightly.
  5. Flour Options: Gluten-free all-purpose flour can be a great substitute for those with dietary restrictions.
  6. Homemade Lemon Curd: If you’re up for it, making your own lemon curd adds a personal touch and can be adjusted for sweetness or tartness.
  7. Different Citrus Variations: Experiment with other citrus fruits like lime or orange for a different twist on the classic lemon flavor.

Lemon Curd Cookies

Lemon Curd Cookies: A luscious treat featuring room-temperature unsalted butter, fine caster sugar, a hint of fresh lemon zest and juice, and topped with sumptuous lemon curd. Perfect for adding a zesty twist to your cookie jar!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 Cookies


  • 118 ml ½ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 59 ml ¼ cup caster sugar (alternative: powdered sugar)
  • 1 egg yolk separated from the white
  • 7.5 ml ½ tablespoon of lemon zest, finely grated
  • 15 ml 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2.5 ml ½ teaspoon salt
  • 295 ml 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 118 ml ½ cup high-quality lemon curd


  • Oven Preparation: Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F). Prepare a baking tray by lining it with parchment paper.
  • Creaming Process: In a stand mixer, cream the unsalted butter and sugar until the mixture achieves a smooth consistency and a pale color. This process should take approximately 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Incorporation of Ingredients: Add the egg yolk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt to the creamed mixture. Beat until these ingredients are fully integrated.
  • Flour Addition: Set the mixer to a low speed and gradually incorporate the all-purpose flour into the mixture. Mix until the formation of moist clusters occurs, taking care to avoid overmixing.
  • Dough Formation: Gently gather the dough by hand to form a cohesive ball. Exercise caution to prevent overworking the dough.
  • Shaping of Cookies: Scoop out 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie, shaping each portion into a ball approximately 2.5 cm (1 inch) in diameter. Place the balls on the prepared baking tray, ensuring they are spaced at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) apart.
  • Indentation Creation: Use a floured finger or the back of a spoon to make a deep indentation in the center of each dough ball. Ensure the indentation is sufficiently deep to hold 1 teaspoon of lemon curd.
  • Initial Baking Stage: Bake the cookies in the preheated oven until they firm up and the bottoms are lightly golden, which should take between 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Lemon Curd Filling: After removing the cookies from the oven, reassess the depth of the indentations. If necessary, deepen them using a spoon, then fill each indentation with lemon curd.
  • Secondary Baking Stage (Optional): For a firmer curd setting, return the cookies to the oven for an additional 2 minutes. This step can be skipped if immediate consumption is planned.
  • Presentation: Once the cookies have cooled completely, dust them with icing sugar to enhance their appearance.
  • Alternative Recipe Variation: As an option, the recipe can be adapted to create Lemon Curd Tartelettes, following a similar method.
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