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Poppy Seed Thumbprints with Meyer Lemon Filling Recipe


was so excited when I was walking through Costco and found meyer lemons.

I’ve been waiting for Meyer lemons for months so I didn’t just want to make any old recipe with them. I wanted to try to make something I’ve never seen before. If I didn’t accomplish that, I may have at least decided upon the world’s longest cookie title ever… poppy seed thumbprint cookies with Meyer lemon frosting filling


  • 1 cup of butter
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1  1/2 t. of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour.
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Cream together butter and sugar, then mix in other ingredients.

Scoop out a small ball of dough – cookie scoop works great.

Makes me happy.

Using something very small, press the “thumbprint” in the middle of each cookie. 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.

Makes me even happier.

Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are light golden brown.

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

Filling ingredients:

  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • Meyer lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • teensy tiny bit of yellow food coloring – you know, to bring out the lemon flavor.

Regular lemons will work fine too. You can adjust the liquid to the thickness you desire by adding more or less. You will want your icing pretty thick for these cookies.

I love the sunshine-y feelings that the color yellow gives me inside, especially in the winter.

That’s one Meyer lemon used, just 11 more to think of something to do with.

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

I hope you enjoy these sunshine-y, tasty treats and my feeble attempt at a professional picture. I’m trying to learn more about lighting and the homemade light tent did not do scuttlebutt for my humble picture. Good thing I’ve got addictive cookies to eat to keep me from cussing. Feel free to leave your photography ideas for great lighting – that is , after your oooooo’s and ahhhh’s over my poppy seed thumbprint cookies with Meyer lemon frosting filling. Please and thank you! xo!

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