Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookies with Meyer Lemon Filling Recipe

Thumbprints are probably some of the very best cookies in all the cookie kingdom. I’ve been waiting for Meyer lemons for months, therefore I didn’t just want to make just any old recipe with them hence this very special post. I wanted to try to make something I’ve never seen before. If I didn’t accomplish that, seems like I may have at least decided upon the world’s longest cookie title ever…  Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookies with Meyer Lemon Filling.


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen thumbprint cookies.

Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookies Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1  t. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 cups of flour.
  • 1/8 cup poppy seeds

Cream together butter and sugar, then mix in egg, vanilla, salt, & flour until dough combines together.

Scoop out a small ball of dough – cookie scoop works great. Either roll each cookie dough ball in poppy seeds if you like a lot or sprinkle them on each cookie. Place about a dozen per half sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

Almost makes me happy.

Using something very small, press the “thumbprint” in the middle of each cookie. Or if you rather, you know, your thumb. Make sure there are no open sides that your filling will be able to drip out of. You can just press suspicious cracks closed with your fingers before baking.

Probably makes me even happier.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are light golden brown.

While the cookies bake, so maybe let’s make the filling.

Meyer Lemon Filling Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • Zest from fresh Meyer (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water

Regular lemons will work fine too, but there is something very special about Meyer lemons. They’re like the perfect love child of lemons and oranges.

You can adjust the liquid to the thickness you desire by adding more or less. Hence, it is wise to start with less as you will want your icing pretty thick for these cookies.

Finally, using two small spoons, scoop some icing into one then control the amount you need to fill each thumbprint with the other spoon.

In conclusion, happiest.

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