Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

Of all the things we love about the holidays—the carols, the lights, the parties—baking cookies just might be our favorite. We can't get enough: the aroma of crackles, gingerbread, Linzer, and shortbread cookies wafting from our oven. When it comes to tried-and-true flavor combos, sweet and tangy is hard to beat. Add dollops of fruity raspberry preserves to lemony cookies, and you'll be raking in rave reviews at every holiday party, potluck, or swap.Buttery, sweet, and moist, they're also simple to make and super fun to decorate. You'll roll cookie dough into balls, then indent them with your thumb (or a spoon!) to create space for a spoonful of delicious filling. These lemon thumbprint cookies deserve to be filling up your Christmas cookie tins and jars all season long, and we'd bet your family and friends would agree. Without a doubt, these cute thumbprints dazzle on the dessert table and on the taste buds.

7 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 5 1/4 all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons raspberry jam


  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; add powdered and granulated sugars, beating well. Add eggs, oil, and lemon juice, beating until blended.

  2. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients; gradually add to sugar mixture, beating until blended.

  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, and place about 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Press thumb in center of each cookie to make an indentation.

  4. Bake, in batches, at 350° for 9 to 11 minutes or until set. (Do not brown.) Remove to wire racks to cool. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon raspberry jam in each indentation.

    Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
    Southern Living
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