Vegan Lemon Curd Thumbprints | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

I have always had a soft spot for the bright, mildly sweet and lemony thumbprint cookies. This thumbprints recipe uses a vegan lemon curd to fill the cookies made with a mix of spelt, buckwheat, walnuts, walnut oil and maple syrup. Traditional lemon curd recipes call for the use of eggs and butter, but this recipe is a bit healthier, while still sweet, tart and satisfying. You can also fill them with your favorite jelly.

Vegan Lemon Curd Thumbprints

adapted from Dairy Free Cooking
Vegan Lemon CurdCookie
  • 150 g Fresh lemon juice
  • 150 g Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp Cold water
  • 2 tbsp Soya margarine
  • 130 g Spelt pastry flour
  • 120 g Buckwheat, toasted and finely ground
  • 100 g Walnuts, finely ground
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 125 ml Walnut oil
  • 200 g Maple syrup
  • Cranberries and poppy seed (optional)
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the lemon juice, sugar, lemon zest and salt, stirring well to dissolve the sugar. Combine together the coconut milk, cornstarch, and cold water in a small bowl, stirring well to combine.
  2. Add the cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly, cook until the mixture begins to thicken and the first few bubbles appear on the surface, about 8 minutes. Add soya margarine, and cook until the mixture resembles a thick pudding. Transfer the mixture to a heat proof dish, cover with plastic wrap and let cool completely before placing in the refrigerator to chill. Chill lemon curd for 2 hours before using.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together the spelt pastry flour, finely ground buckwheat, finely ground walnut and salt until well combined, making a well in the center.
  4. Add in walnut oil and maple syrup to the center, and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until it forms a dry dough that just holds together.
  5. Form the dough into 2-inch balls, and place them onto the prepared sheet, pressing a "thumbprint" into the center of each and slightly flattening. (The cookies will not spread, so make them the size that you want!) Add about 1 teaspoonful of lemon curd to each thumbprint and top with a cranberry or some poppy seeds if using. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let cookies cool for several minutes on the sheet before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


ping 14/2/12 14:23

I, too, love me a good lemon curd. Not into anything too sweet. Love the tartness that's not overly cloying. Happy Valentine's Day, Angie!

anne 14/2/12 14:37

That looks simply fantastic ! Love the contrast between the tangy curd and the nutty cookies . Awesome photos as always ;) Happy Valentine's , Angie !

Rosa's Yummy Yums 14/2/12 14:46

They look wonderful! A very interesting recipe.



lena 14/2/12 15:06

i love that they look rustic !!

sally 14/2/12 15:08

I really like the idea of vegan lemon curd. It seems a lot healthier than the curd recipes with lots of butter and egg yolks. The cookies look great too!

Lyndsey 14/2/12 15:13

These sound amazing! I have a full lemon tree and love lemon recipes! I hope to try this one soon! Interesting lemon curd without eggs!

Grubarazzi 14/2/12 15:41

Oh yum! These are so colorful and look absolutely beautiful and tasty. I definitely want to try making these.

Eva 14/2/12 15:50

What a lovely little cookie, Angie; I've not made thumbprints before, but I like that these are vegan. I love the flavour of lemon in sweets, so refreshing. I have those same little plates — so adorable.

Kristina 14/2/12 16:02

yum! These are gorgeous! I'll have to make a Whole Foods run and track down some soya margarine , very pretty cookies!

Claudia 14/2/12 16:05

Bookmarked! I have the vegan treat I was looking for!

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook 14/2/12 16:19

Healthier lemon curd is a nice thing because I could eat it by the spoonful! Great looking cookies, I'm not vegan but I'd never turn down a lemon thumbprint!

Achu's Amma's Kitchen 14/2/12 16:44

Happy valentines Day dear..super cookies...using coconut milk and lemon new to me...

Cheah 14/2/12 16:59

They look cute. So now I know why they are known as 'thumbprint' cookies.

erin @ yummy supper 14/2/12 17:42

Angie, These look so simple and delicious. I always am partial to a little lemony cookie. And I am really enjoying your interesting, nourishing and inventive use of ingredients!

Heidi @ Food Doodles 14/2/12 17:52

These look amazing!! I love the vegan lemon curd - it looks and sounds delicious, especially in those cookies :D

Sharmilee! :) 14/2/12 18:13

Lemon curd in cookies, awesome!!

Elisabeth 14/2/12 18:23

Angie-you always come up with the most unusual recipes, and this is another unique and totally healthy, and perfect vegan version for the lemon curd, using coconut milk, instead of dairy!
Love the spelt in the cookie recipe...actually, love everything about them, and I'm salivating from just thinking of the yummy tartness, and just the right sweetness of your lemon curd filling!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Heather 14/2/12 18:39

I love lemon curd, though I've never tried a vegan version before. I'd totally be willing to for a few of these cookies, though ;). They look awesome!

Michael Toa 14/2/12 19:54

vegan or not, they look lovely and no doubt delicious. why wouldn't they be?! I adore lemons. Hope you're having a beautiful Valentine's Day.

Juliana 14/2/12 20:18

Angie, so cute and tasty this cookies, I love lemon curd and have yet to try the vegan version.
Happy Valentine's Day :)

Dee 14/2/12 20:45

Wow, Angie! These look divine for Valentine's Day. The color, design & lemon curd...I'd almost walk to Germany for one of these right now. Have a great Valentine's Day.

Tina 14/2/12 21:00

The cookie recipe itself does intrigue with the buckwheat and walnuts. However, you did make an excellent choice topping these with lemon curd. I love to find unique cookie recipes and these do look like they would be a delicious treat anytime. Happy Valentine's!

unoscoiattoloindispensa 14/2/12 21:03

they look absolutely gorgeous! and being a touch lighter, perhaps we can eat a couple more? ;-)

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 14/2/12 21:25

Angie you did it again. I don't know how you always have the most fantastic recipes posted! I'm a lemon lover - and lemon curd is great on everything. Happy Valentine's Day!

Lilly 14/2/12 23:23

What a great idea!! I never thought about using lemon curd in a thumbprint cookie. I need to get lemons for some homemade lemon curd!

Happy Valentine's day!

Crunchy Creamy Sweet 14/2/12 23:42

One healthy cookie! Yum! The looks as they sound, Angie - delicious!! Happy Valentine's Day!

Namitha 15/2/12 00:08

Love thumbprints and love lemon this is a great combination for me :-) Happy Valentine's day Angie

Magic of Spice 15/2/12 00:18

Lemon curd in thumbprint cookies, love it! These are just delightful!
Happy Valentines Day Angie :)

♥peachkins♥ 15/2/12 01:51

I love that this thumprint cookies have lemon curd in them instead of jam. Happy Valentine's Day!

Anonymous 15/2/12 02:02

Yum! Thumbprints with lemon curd sound amazing, and really cute garnished with either cranberries or poppy seeds.

edith 15/2/12 02:07

mmm lemon and coconut. A new combination treat!

Carolyn Jung 15/2/12 02:19

These are so precious looking. Plus, I love the ground nuts in the cookie dough for extra flavor and texture. I'll take a dozen, please! ;)

Kristen 15/2/12 02:49

I have used both spelt and buckwheat flours...very nice combination with the lemon curd. Great cookie!

Amy 15/2/12 03:01

Lemon is one of my favorite flavors and lemon curd is great - I could eat it with a spoon. These look delicious!

Anonymous 15/2/12 03:39

These look absolutely delicious and never in a zillion years would I have expected to see these were VEGAN! Nicely done!

Belinda @zomppa 15/2/12 03:44

After my own heart! Not only do I LOVE lemon, but trying to enjoy more vegan treats!

Words Of Deliciousness 15/2/12 05:34

These are great looking cookies. I love the lemon curd.

Shabitha Karthikeyan 15/2/12 06:14

Lovely cookies !! No words nicely done !! Totally amazing !!

pigpigscorner 15/2/12 06:38

Looks so cute! Love the different toppings.

Raina 15/2/12 15:42

Yum! I love citrusy sweets too. Your healthy version sounds great:)

Vicki Bensinger 15/2/12 16:17

What a brilliant idea to add lemon curd in thumbprint cookies. I know these have to be delicious!

TasteHongKong 15/2/12 16:24

The nutty cookies are adorable enough, and the dairy-free lemon curd just won me over : ).

Jeannie 15/2/12 16:46

Looks like egg tarts :D yummmy! I love cookies like these but lazy to do the curd:P

Holly 15/2/12 17:16

Oh I love lemon. These sound dreamy!

Mary 15/2/12 17:28

These really sound wonderful, Angie. Thanks for catching my omission. It's been added to the ingredient list. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 15/2/12 18:47

These are lovely cookies, Angie! I feel like I could just reach out and grab one for myself! Thanks for sharing.

Lizzy 15/2/12 18:56

I have never been a huge fan of jam thumbprints...these are SO much more appealing! Love the look of these...both plain and with a wee bit of garnishing :)

Faith 15/2/12 20:18

These gorgeous cookies are such a treat -- I love the lemon curd filling!

tania@mykitchenstories 15/2/12 20:58

They look lovely Angie. I am sure they are healthy and the curds a great idea, but I just cant get into the whole buckwheat and spelt thing. However I am glad you do so it makes me feel the need to buy some!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 15/2/12 21:53

These look absolutely delicious, Angie! I would love one with the poppy seeds on top :) I love lemon!

Katherine Martinelli 15/2/12 21:58

I am such a sucker for anything with lemon curd and these look awesome! Plus I need more vegan desserts up my sleeve.

Cake Duchess 15/2/12 22:05

I love lemon curd and am intrigued with your vegan cookies. These look wonderful, Angie:)

Sue 15/2/12 22:39

These look so yummy! Wish I had one(or two) right about now:)

Hornsfan 15/2/12 22:55

What lovely cookies! They look like something that should be in an Austrian Pastry Shop :)

FOODESSA 15/2/12 23:14

I'm very much in love with citrus lately...these treats hit the spot Angie.
The combo of ingredients is particularly interesting ;o)

Ciao for now,

Cucina49 15/2/12 23:24

I love lemon curd and would have been at a loss as to how to make these cookies vegan--they look delicious!

Nammi 16/2/12 05:07

got some leftover store bought lemon curd. these looks delicious ! have a nice day!

Vianney Rodriguez 16/2/12 13:25

lemon curd thumbprints.. yummy!! they look amazing!!

Viviane Bauquet Farre 16/2/12 14:38

Angie, I just love when people create treats this charming and delicious and tell you they're vegan afterward! Its recipes like this that are changing people's perception of vegan food for the better. Delish!

Plateful 16/2/12 15:02

Honestly, I've never tasted a thumbprint cookie. But these beautiful bites with the citrusy flavor and cranberry topping is sure tempting me!

Daisy@Nevertoosweet 16/2/12 16:49

Hello Angie :) it's my first time here! Great blog you have here!

It always amazes me at home healthy yet delicious vegan recipes can be! I really need to start looking into making vegan desserts ~ Cuz i'm sure my vegan friends will really appreciate that and hahhaa my ever 'expanding' waist will too ~

Choclette 16/2/12 17:32

You come up with such fun recipes, always different, always lovely to look at. It's always useful to have some good vegan recipes up one's sleeve and the pastry base sounds fantastic.

lisa is cooking 16/2/12 19:56

The lemon curd with coconut milk sounds lovely. It looks great in the cookies too!

Becki's Whole Life 16/2/12 20:42

Lemon is one of my favorite flavors and the coconut milk sounds so good with these cute little thumbprints. Need to try spelt flour - I keep seeing recipes that use this - and even in restaurants.

Gloria 16/2/12 21:39

OMG ANgie, I lov ethese thumprints, I love lemon curd:)))

tigerfish 16/2/12 21:46

How I wish I could leave my thumbprints on the cookies, literally. :)

kankana 16/2/12 23:15

aaww how cute are those! I just love lemon curd .. and these cookies looks very cute.

Lynda 17/2/12 05:16

Lemon cookies make my mouth water! I'd love these.

noobcook 17/2/12 05:41

they look really cute and sunny - sure to brighten any day!

Gina 17/2/12 05:47

Hi Angie, These look great. I haven't tried any vegan baking yet, but I want to and you know cookies are right up my alley. I like the poppy seeds, I can see them in the dough. Still packing, yuck, not moving too far, but I have to get rid of lots since we are moving to a smaller place. I'd have room for these cookies though.

Food For Tots 17/2/12 08:34

A great teatime treat for kids! Look so cute and beautiful with this vegan version!

Lenia 17/2/12 17:09

They look so cute and I bet they are delicious!Have a great weekend,dear!

Anonymous 17/2/12 19:54

Love love love these, Angie! Really anything with lemon curd makes me drool. ;) These are beautiful.

Geni 17/2/12 20:15

These look like pure heaven Angie...and VEGAN?!!! How amazing.

mr. pineapple man 17/2/12 20:47

I didn't realize you are from Germany until now! Have a great weekend!

the food dude 18/2/12 01:51

These treats look delicious, you are truly a master! And awesome photos too!

Kiran @ 18/2/12 02:23

I love making lemon curd using coconut cream. Healthy and delicious :)

Need to use spelt flour, although I've tried using buckwheat and love it!

Pegasuslegend 18/2/12 02:38

Lemon is my favorite these are fabulous`

Barbara Bakes 18/2/12 03:17

Fun thumbprint cookies. Love how you've dressed them up.

Rebecca Subbiah 18/2/12 05:13

these look amazing :-) love lemon curd anything

Amanda 18/2/12 06:04

I have never tried baking vegan before! I think this will be my first vegan recipe :D

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 18/2/12 13:51

Vegan lemon curd sound really healthy, wish I can taste this right away.

Velva 18/2/12 14:05

They have a really interesting look...with so many people seeking out alternative baking products. This is a really good way to inspire people to step out of their comfort zones.


A Canadian Foodie 18/2/12 16:44

These look delicious and sound so nutritious with the mixed grains and nuts in them - and coconut in the lemon filling. YUM! I am always concerned about soy - as it is such a super food and so good for us - but almost impossible to source GMO free.

Parsley Sage 18/2/12 20:24

Brilliant! These look fabulous :)

Rosita Vargas 18/2/12 21:30

Interesante y exquisita receta me encanta,luce absolutamente bella,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 18/2/12 22:54

What delicious looking cookies Angie and how nice to offer a vegan version. I love lemon ~

Pegasuslegend 19/2/12 00:03

these just look so amazing, a touch of class in the middle of the cookie!

Happy Homebaker 19/2/12 05:50

Hi Angie, just want to let you know that I have something to share with you, do drop by my blog to pick up an award that I would like to pass it on to you :)

Joanne 19/2/12 15:09

I LOVE lemon curd but hate how unhealthy it is. I'm definitely trying this recipe!

Lauren 19/2/12 16:47

Love lemon curd and now have no excuse to eat it out of the jar.

Asmita 19/2/12 17:45

Hi Angie,
These look beautiful! Would love to try it out.

Terra 20/2/12 05:29

Oh now this lemon curd addict needs to make a vegan version, YUM!!! These cookies look seriously delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

Glen 21/2/12 05:59

awesome cookie. ireally want to taste it... so what its taste like .
great idea putting a lemon on it, thats my favorite.

Monet 22/2/12 04:28

I have had always had a soft spot for those thumbprint cookies too. Thank you for sharing yet another delicious concoction. I'm sitting down with a tall cup of almond milk and a coconut cookie. Perfect accompaniments to blog reading! I hope you are having a blessed week!

Anonymous 22/2/12 14:10

I didn't even know that you coulmke a vegan lemon curd: that is so cool! These treats look divine, each bite would be pure indulgence with less calories though! :) I am so going to make them soon,...;)

tasteofbeirut 23/2/12 13:01

Love these cookies and the idea to make them vegan!

Pam 23/2/12 17:05

I love lemon anything... these coolies look irresistible!

Anonymous 27/2/12 11:48

These look way to delicious to be sitting there without being eaten - great recipe :D

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Sawsan@ chef in disguise 2/3/12 21:22

Nothing beats the bright and refreshing lemon flavor
I have never tried lemon curd in thumb prints

Juanita 3/3/12 14:55

What an interesting recipe - I've never seen one for vegan lemon curd before!

sally @ sallys baking addiction 5/3/12 21:41

these look incredible!! i love lemon curd. ps: your blog is amazing!

Allen 24/3/12 00:10

Thank you for sharing! The photos of these cookies are great. I can't wait to try this recipe!


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