Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookies {Recipe}

Welcome spring with this sweet and tangy Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookie recipe bursting with bright flavor!

Welcome spring with this sweet and tangy Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookie recipe! Soft and chewy lemon poppy seed cookies are dolloped with zesty lemon curd and a simple glaze for the perfect springtime treat. Get the vegetarian and nut-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Today’s post is written by Emily Cooper, a self-proclaimed “running, peanut butter lovin’ registered dietitian in Portland, Maine” and blogger at Sinful Nutrition. I’m so excited to have her share her Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookie recipe and a fun story about the inspiration behind it. Take it away Emily…

I don’t know about you, but around here spring hasn’t exactly sprung quite yet. Unless somehow snow showers bring May flowers nowadays, but as far as I’m concerned I am ready for some sunshine.

If the weather can’t deliver yet, at least these lemon poppy seed cookies can. I grew up looking forward to slices of my nana’s lemon poppy seed pound cake every year around this time, and biting into one of these thumbprint jewels brought me right back to the muddy sneakers and pastel dresses of my spring youth. The sneakers and the dress may or may not have been worn at the same time. This is what growing up with two older brothers does to you 🙂

Welcome spring with this sweet and tangy Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookie recipe! Soft and chewy lemon poppy seed cookies are dolloped with zesty lemon curd and a simple glaze for the perfect springtime treat. Get the vegetarian and nut-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Ingredients & Preparation

Lemon to me just screams spring, and these cookies have plenty of that going on. Lemon juice, lemon zest, and the sweet and creamy tang of lemon curd. If you could capture spring sunshine in a jar, it would in fact be lemon curd.

If you’ve never had lemon curd before, it’s almost like a lemon jam or jelly, but a lot creamier thanks to the fact that butter and eggs are added during the cooking process. You can find it at most grocery stores with all the other preserves, or if you’re feeling adventurous and live where lemons are aplenty, you can make your own.

We can’t forget the other half of this dynamic flavor duo, the poppy seeds! In addition to adding that tiny bit of crunch in every bite, poppy seeds are a great source of the minerals calcium, phosphorus, and zinc, which are great for building bone health and immunity. Who knew these tiny little seeds could pack so much nutrition in such a small package!

These thumbprint cookies are made a little healthier too since I used less sugar and butter, and whole grain white whole wheat flour instead of all purpose white flour for a little added boost of fiber. I’m pretty sure nana never used whole wheat flour in her pound cake.

If you’re in need of a little brightness and sunshine this season, these cookies will certainly deliver!

Welcome spring with this sweet and tangy Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookie recipe! Soft and chewy lemon poppy seed cookies are dolloped with zesty lemon curd and a simple glaze for the perfect springtime treat. Get the vegetarian and nut-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

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Welcome spring with these sweet and tangy Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookies! Soft and chewy lemon poppy seed cookies are dolloped with zesty lemon curd and a simple glaze for the perfect springtime treat.
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Recipe Type: Cookies
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Nut-Free
Serves: 1 dozen
Ingredients
For the Cookies:
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat milk
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 1½ tablespoons poppy seeds
For the Filling:
  • ¼ cup lemon curd
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
For the Glaze:
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add softened butter, egg, vanilla, lemon juice, milk, lemon zest, and poppy seeds to flour. Stir to combine until dough forms.
  4. Roll dough into 12 balls, and place each two inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Gently flatten each cookie with fingers, and bake them in the oven for 7 to 8 minutes, or until slightly golden but still soft.
  6. Remove cookies from oven and use a tablespoon to make an indentation in the middle of each cookie. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  7. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine lemon curd and lemon juice. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir, and fill each cookie with 1 teaspoon of lemon curd.
  8. In a separate bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice. Add additional lemon juice if glaze is too thick. Drizzle glaze over cookies, and let dry on wire cooling rack for 10 minutes.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Welcome spring with this sweet and tangy Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookie recipe! Soft and chewy lemon poppy seed cookies are dolloped with zesty lemon curd and a simple glaze for the perfect springtime treat. Get the vegetarian and nut-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

What’s your favorite springtime treat?

Do you have a favorite way to cook or bake with lemon?

Share with me in the comments section below!

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39 Responses to Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookies {Recipe}


  1. Kerri Olkjer says:

    I am loving all the lemon recipes everywhere this time of year. These look divine!

    • Jessica says:

      Me too! Thanks Kerri!

  2. Nothing says warmer days ahead as much as lemons! These looks great!

    • Jessica says:

      I so agree Kristina! Hope you give them a try 🙂

  3. Mikki says:

    Aw. I grew up eating thumbprint cookies These bring back great memories. Looks delicious.

    • Jessica says:

      So fun to hear these bring back memories for you. Hope they are as sweet and delicious as you remember!

  4. These look so soft and chewy! Lemon screams spring to me too! And so do these lemon poppy seed thumbprint cookies!

    • Jessica says:

      They are! Thanks Lindsay – I hope you enjoy them!

  5. Sarah says:

    Oh my goodness these look good! I’m loving lemon so much lately and these would be perfect for this weekend if I can pull them off. Of course perfect anytime.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Sarah! I can’t wait to make a batch too. I think you will love them and hope you get a chance to make them!

  6. Maria says:

    Love lemon cookies! Especially now that it’s getting warm out 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Hope you enjoy these Maria!

  7. What gorgeous cookies! I really love lemon flavor and have been on a kick with it lately! Looks so good.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Julie! Hope you give these a try and enjoy them!

  8. Esther says:

    Yum! I am normally not a lemon person but lately I have been all over lemon recipes!!!
    I will be pinning these!

    • Jessica says:

      I used to not be a lemon in dessert person either, but absolutely love it now! Hope you give them a try and thanks for pinning!

  9. Sara says:

    Oh wow! I love that lemon curd is used in these! It’s one of my all time favorite ingredients! Yum!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Sara – I’ll have to let Emily know. I have actually never used it before, but am so excited to now!!!

  10. Ilka says:

    These cookies are so perfect for Spring! Lemon flavor is a favorite of mine!

    • Jessica says:

      I absolutely agree Ilka! Thanks!

  11. GiGi Eats says:

    Lemon Poppyseed is the best flavor. I friggin’ ADORE IT – which is interesting because I am generally NOT a lemon flavored fan!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks GiGi! Hope you love them!

  12. jill conyers says:

    Do you bake and deliver? I’ll take 2 dozen please. My husband is a big lemon fan. He would love these cookies.

    • Jessica says:

      Haha…we’ll have to ask Emily about delivery! I would love for her to deliver a batch to me too! Hope your hubby gets the opp to enjoy these!

  13. Ohhh these look scrumptious! Love lemon cookies!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Whitney! LMK if you give them a try!

  14. Lemon and poppyseed…always a fantastic combo!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Tara! Hope you enjoy!

  15. These look so tasty, I’m a lemon lover so I’ll definitely be trying these!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Lauren- can’t wait to hear how you like them!

  16. oh my… thumbprint cookies with lemon curd. you have me drooling!

    • Jessica says:

      Given you’re baking hands, that’s a huge compliment Gretchen! Thank you!

  17. These are beautiful!!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Stacey!

  18. Lemon poppyseed is one of my favorite combinations. Love this healthy take on a cookie, can’t wait to try these!

    • Jessica says:

      So glad you are a fan of the combo. Let me know how you like the cookies 🙂

  19. What a creative cookie! I absolutely love lemons so I know I would love these!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Betsy – I hope you do!

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