Although the traditional flavors of Christmas are peppermint, chocolate, cinnamon, and ginger, my family is obsessed with anything that has lemon or raspberry in it. Fortunately, these lemon thumbprint cookies fulfill both flavors in one amazing cookie! Light and airy with a touch of lemon and a dollop of raspberry, these cookies are sure to be a favorite at your holiday table too.
Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
During the holidays, I bake all the usual Christmas cookies for my family. Some of our favorites include Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Blossoms, Jam Thumbprints, Chocolate Jumbles, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, but one of our favorite holiday cookie recipes are these Lemon Thumbprint Cookies.
Unlike some lemon cookie recipes, this Lemon Thumbprint cookie recipe is not overpowered by lemon, it has an ever-so-light lemon taste with a sweet and tangy raspberry finish, perfect for dessert snacking with other cookies. Bonus? Not only are these scrumptious, but they are also super easy to make. If you only have time to make one cookie this season, this one is it!
What Are In These Cookies?
- Lemon Zest
- Lemon Juice
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Raspberry Jam
Make It Healthier
If you want to make this Lemon thumbprint cookies recipe even healthier, try some of the following healthy substitutions.
- If you are Vegan, substitute silken tofu or a mung-bean egg substitute.
- If you are gluten-free, substitute the white flour with white rice, chickpea, almond, or cassava flour.
- If you don’t want to use butter, use coconut oil or light olive oil (not extra virgin). I recommend keeping some of the butter in to keep the flavor and texture of the traditional cookies.
- If you are want to use lower glycemic sugar, substitute the white sugar with honey, coconut sugar, or monk fruit sugar substitute. If you use monk fruit sugar sweetener, usually only about 1/2 the amount of sugar.
If you do not wish to use raspberry jam in these Lemon Thumbprint Cookies, you can substitute it with these other yummy flavors.
- Lemon Curd
We are purists, so I make these Lemon Thumbprint cookies as per the recipe, but you can make these cookies extra special with the following tweaks:
- Roll the cookie dough in sugar before putting it on the cookie sheet.
- Roll the cookie dough in shredded coconut before putting it on the cookie sheet.
- Dust powdered sugar over the cooled cookie.
- Make a glaze with milk and confectioners sugar and drizzle over the cookies.
Can I Freeze These Cookies?
Yes, these cookies freeze well. I suggest you freeze the cookie dough rather than the finished baked cookies, as they will become crumbly. Take the cookie dough and place it in a freezer bag or freezer-safe plastic container and freeze. When you want to defrost the dough, place it in the refrigerator for several hours before rolling it into balls.
A few other holiday cookie ideas:
- Spiced Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
- Frosted Malt Chocolate Cookies
- Gingerbread Cookies
- Minty Holiday Cookies
- Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
- Hot Chocolate Bombs
- Raspberry Shortbread Cookies
- Christmas Sugar Cookies
- Vietnamese Iced Coffee Cookies
- Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
- Peppermint Shortbread Cookies
- Italian Christmas Cookies
- Old Fashioned Gingersnap Cookies
- Dottie’s Chocolate Jumbles
- Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Blossoms