Stuffed Lemon Cookies Recipe

Celebrate the irresistible combination of sweet and tangy flavors with Stuffed Lemon Cookies. These delightful treats feature a heart of creamy lemon curd encased in a soft, lemon-infused cookie, offering a burst of citrus with every bite. Ideal for lemon lovers or anyone looking for a zesty dessert option, these cookies are sure to impress at any gathering.


For the Lemon Curd Filling

  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Zest from 1/4 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest from 3/4 of a lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Extra granulated sugar for coating


Lemon Curd Filling

  1. Whisk sugar and cornstarch in a bowl.
  2. Mix in egg, lemon juice, and zest.
  3. Cook over a bain-marie, stirring until thick, about 12 minutes.
  4. Stir in butter, cover with plastic wrap, and chill.
  5. Freeze curd scoops until solid.
  1. Cream butter, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla.
  2. Add egg, then sift in flour, salt, and baking soda. Chill dough.
  3. Wrap dough around frozen curd scoops and roll in sugar.


  1. Place cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 350°F for 8-9 minutes until golden.
  3. Cool on tray to set curd before transferring to a rack.


  • Use fresh lemon juice to enhance the flavor; avoid bottled if possible.
  • Ensure the curd reaches the correct thickness before chilling.
  • Cookies store well at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerated for a week.


Q: Can I make the lemon curd ahead of time? A: Yes, the lemon curd can be made up to a week in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Q: What’s the best way to ensure the cookies keep their shape while baking? A: Make sure the lemon curd is fully frozen and the cookie dough is well chilled before assembling and baking.

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

8 minutes

Total Time

About 1 hour 38 minutes, including chilling and freezing times


10 cookies










Approximately 150 per cookie


Stuffed Lemon Cookies are the perfect blend of zest and sweetness, making them a fantastic choice for any dessert table. Whether you’re hosting a festive occasion or just treating yourself, these cookies provide a satisfyingly fresh twist on traditional sweets. Enjoy the process of making them as much as the delightful burst of lemon when you take your first bite!

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