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Lemon-Cherry Thumbprint Cookies

Trisha Rudra
20 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
12 People
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ABOUT Lemon-Cherry Thumbprint Cookies RECIPE

Simple butter and sugar cookies, with the zing of lemon and sweetness of cherries. These thumbprint cookies get their name from the indentation made in the middle, with a thumb, which is then filled with jam, jelly, chocolate or such.

Recipe Tags

  • Egg-free
  • Easy
  • Others
  • American
  • Baking
  • Snacks
  • Egg Free

Ingredients Serving: 12

  1. Softened butter – 1/2 cup (113 gms)
  2. Powdered granulated sugar – 1/4 cup (50 gm)
  3. Plain flour – 1 cup (125 gm)
  4. lemon zest – 1 tsp
  5. lemon extract – 1/2 tsp
  6. lemon Juice – 1 tsp
  7. Cherries – 1 for each cookie (I’ve used canned cherries with syrup)
  8. Icing sugar – for dusting on top


  1. Preheat oven to 190 C.
  2. Cream butter, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and extract.
  3. Add flour bit by bit and using a dough hook, or with your hands, knead slowly into a dough. It will be crumbly, don’t worry.
  4. Start bringing it together but don’t knead too much, only until it’s combined and smooth.
  5. Meanwhile, line a baking/cookie tray with parchment. DON’T SKIP THIS STEP.
  6. Make small lime-sized balls and place them on the tray, using your thumb to make an indentation.
  7. Fill each thumbprint with cherry, and a drop of syrup.
  8. Put the tray in the FREEZER for 15 minutes, while your oven preheats.
  9. Bake at 190 C for 15 mins or until small cracks appear on the cookies.
  10. Take out and cool for 15 minutes, remove and dust with powdered sugar.
  11. You may also make a frosting or glaze to go on top.
  12. IMP: Don’t try to remove hot cookies from the tray. They WILL break, they’re extremely fragile.
  13. Dust powdered sugar on top once they’ve cooled or make a simple sugar glaze to drizzle on top.
  14. Enjoy once cooled, with a cup of tea or coffee.. :)

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