Lemon Curd Thumbprint Heart Cookies

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These cookies are gorgeous and taste amazing!  Nobody would ever guess that they are gluten free!  If you don’t have issues with gluten, you can just substitute “regular” flour for the GF Flour Mix.

The cookie base is the same one that I used for my Pecan Pie Cookies.  I just took the shape a step further after I portioned the dough into walnut sized balls.  I used a medium sized heart shaped cookie cutter that is 2 and 1/4 inches wide and pressed the cookie dough into a heart shape on top of a parchment lined cookie sheet.  You don’t want the dough to be too thick, just thick enough so that you can use either your thumb or a plastic capsule style cork from a bottle of wine to make several indentations in the top of the cookie.  You are not going to end up with a very deep area like you do with a regular ball-shaped thumbprint cookie but it gives you a little extra space to hold more of the lemon curd topping!

If I didn’t know the recipe, I would say that these cookies have cornstarch in them, but they don’t.  They crumble in your mouth (in a good way) like some of the Meltaway cookie recipes that are on the boxes of cornstarch.  I didn’t notice that texture when I made the Pecan Pie cookies, but maybe it is because these are thinner in the heart shape.  Whatever the reason is, I’m glad!

In case you are wondering about the different colored toppings on the cookies in the photo at the top, you will see that I offer 2 different Meyer Lemon curd recipes for you to choose from. The darker yellow one is my personal favorite and the lighter yellow one is a little different recipe that has more eggs and butter.  It’s your choice!

 The pink topping is raspberry curd.  It tastes amazing but I need to make it one more time before I post it next week. 

The recipe for the thumbprint base cookie made 27 in the heart shape.  They all fit on two baking sheets because they do not really spread out at all.

You can come up with your own method of making the “thumbprint” indentation in the cookie dough.  I used the capsule cork and pressed down in 3 places in the center of the cookie.  There is probably a better way to do it that would result in a better indentation- you could use anything that is rounded on the end.

The cookies are baked before you spread the curd on them.  Some thumbprint cookies that are filled with jam are baked with the jam on them.

I shared this recipe with Sweets For A Saturday at Sweet As Sugar Cookies,  Potluck Sunday at Mommy’s Kitchen, Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist, Meatless Monday at My Sweet And Savory, Mouthwatering Monday at A Southern Fairy Tale, Homemaker Monday at 11th Heaven’s Homemaking Haven, This Weeks Cravings at Moms Crazy Cooking, Meatless Mondays at Midnight Maniac, Hearth And Soul Hop at A Moderate Life, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar And Gluten Free, Tuesdays At The Table at All Of The Small Stuff, Tasty Tuesdays at 33 Shades Of Green, Tuesday Night Supper Club at Fudge Ripple, Delectable Tuesday at Home Sweet Farm, Made From Scratch Tuesday at From Mess Hall To Bistro, Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty And Bedlam, Sweet Tooth Friday at Alli ‘N Son, Gluten Free Wednesdays at The Gluten Free Homemaker

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33 Responses to Lemon Curd Thumbprint Heart Cookies
  1. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat
    February 4, 2011 | 5:19 am

    Andrea, these are adorable, and so tasty looking! I’m usually a chocolate girl when it comes to Valentine’s Day treats, but these look so refreshingly inspired! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Andrea
    February 4, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Thank you Heather! I love the brightness of lemon and wait until you see the raspberry curd recipe- it’s amazing too!

  3. Amanda
    February 4, 2011 | 11:25 am

    What a cute idea! I love thumbprints, they hearts are wonderful :)

  4. Andrea
    February 4, 2011 | 11:28 am

    Thank you Amanda! I just need to figure out a way for them to hold more lemon curd! Yum!

  5. Linda
    February 6, 2011 | 8:24 pm

    I love lemon curd and thumbprint cookies. This is a great idea.

  6. Andrea
    February 7, 2011 | 10:46 am

    Thank you Linda! They are absolutely yummy!

  7. Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING
    February 7, 2011 | 4:57 pm

    Thanks so much for linking up , we appreciate it!

  8. Rebecca Jean
    February 8, 2011 | 8:34 am

    Mister loves lemon. This would make a lovely Valentine’s treat for him.

    Thanks for sharing this with Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays.

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

  9. Andrea
    February 8, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Thank you for your nice comment Rebecca Jean!

  10. Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
    February 8, 2011 | 1:23 pm

    Andrea, I just love these cookies! So cute and sweet in the heart shape. My daughter loves hearts .. what a healthy Valentine treat! Thanks for sharing with us all at Monday Mania this week! :)

  11. Christine
    February 8, 2011 | 2:13 pm

    I love how you combined cookies and lemon curd! I have definitely bookmarked this recipe to try once I’m off my fast!

  12. Andrea
    February 8, 2011 | 4:44 pm

    Thank you so much Sarah! I appreciate the nice comments! I am enjoying sharing my recipes with you at Monday Mania!

  13. Andrea
    February 8, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    Thank you Christine! After I made this recipe, I made Raspberry Curd, 3 different recipes of chocolate cookies, biscuits and a strawberry dessert. Bleh- I am going to do vegie and salad recipes for a while until I can think about desserts again!

  14. Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes
    February 8, 2011 | 11:53 pm

    Thanks so much for the recipe. One of the things I really missed when I started eating gluten free was a good meltaway type cookie. And let’s face it….if something has lemon curd on it, it has to be good!I like how you made your cookies heart shape to be different than other cookies I’ve seen.

  15. Andrea
    February 9, 2011 | 12:16 am

    Thank you Shannon! I will be testing and posting lots more cookie recipes in the future!

  16. Melanie
    February 9, 2011 | 9:08 am

    These are too cute! I love lemon anything, but never thought of putting lemon curd on cookies. great idea!

  17. Andrea
    February 9, 2011 | 11:11 am

    Thank you Melanie! I love lemon a lot too, especially Meyer lemon!

  18. alex at a moderate life
    February 9, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    Ohhhh Andrea! These look divine! I also have to make the lemon curd! I think I might even make it today because you are making me soooo hungry! I am going to share this recipe on my hearth and soul hop highlights this week because it is so rockin! Thanks for sharing it on the hearth and soul hop and all the best! Hugs! Alex

  19. Andrea
    February 9, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    Thank you so much Alex! You are a sweet lady!

  20. jen
    February 10, 2011 | 4:22 pm

    Those look so cute and sound so tasty! Thanks for linking up with Made From Scratch Tuesday!

  21. Andrea
    February 10, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    Thank you Jen!

  22. Allison @ Alli 'n Son
    February 10, 2011 | 9:02 pm

    So cute! What a great idea for Valentines Day.

    I’m hosting a weekly link up called Sweet Tooth Friday. I’d love to have you share your recipe. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/02/10/spicy-chocolate-chip-cookies/

  23. Andrea
    February 10, 2011 | 9:49 pm

    Thanks for the comment and the invite Alli! I will go there now to link up!

  24. Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies
    February 10, 2011 | 11:27 pm

    Mmmmm, lemon curd is so tangy and sweet and delicious. These sound so much better than the ordinary jam thumbprints. Thanks for linking up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  25. Andrea
    February 10, 2011 | 11:30 pm

    Thank you Lisa! I am having fun linking up. Sweets For A Saturday has been a very busy place!

  26. Fay
    February 11, 2011 | 9:27 am

    Yummy, I LOVE lemon!!!

  27. Andrea
    February 11, 2011 | 9:33 am

    Me too! Thanks for taking the time to comment Fay!

  28. christy
    February 11, 2011 | 3:33 pm

    gorgeous! i love curd and truly believe that lemon isn’t the only flavor that is yummy! thank you for sharing this wonderful and versatile recipe with tuesday night supper club.

  29. Kankana
    February 11, 2011 | 5:08 pm

    Dropped in from Sweet Tooth Friday .. those tiny little hearts looking very cute :)

  30. Andrea
    February 11, 2011 | 9:43 pm

    Christy you are always so sweet! Thank you!

  31. Andrea
    February 11, 2011 | 9:45 pm

    Thank you Kankana! I hadn’t made any cookie cutter type cookies in quite a while- it was fun!

  32. Linda
    May 1, 2012 | 3:48 pm

    I love anything that uses lemon curd, and these heart shaped cookies are adorable.

  33. Andrea
    May 1, 2012 | 3:56 pm

    Thank you Linda!

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