I’m not sure what prompted the Easter Bunny to decide it was no longer appropriate to hide eggs in our yard, but he must have corroborated with my Grammy—the year he stopped was the year we walked into Easter dinner to find our baskets filled with Lemon Coconut Thumbprint Cookies.

Lemon Coconut Thumbprint Cookies. Easy recipe that uses lemon pie filling for the center

Although my sisters and I eventually outgrew the prefilled Easter baskets too (harsh realities of our 20s), I certainly believe that, at any age, everyone deserves a little springtime treat.

A fresh twist on classic jam thumbprint cookies, which in my family are rolled in crushed walnuts and filled with strawberry jam, lemon thumbprint cookies take the same lightly crispy, buttery shortbread and give it the springtime citrus treatment.

In celebration of a new season and the return of sunshine, let’s fill our baskets and pile our plates with bright lemon coconut thumbprint cookies.

Buttery Lemon Coconut Thumbprint Cookies.

Buttery Thumbprint Cookies with easy lemon filling

Lemon Thumbprint Cookies – Simple and Elegant

The thumbprint cookie dough is a demonstration of beautiful cookie simplicity.

It’s only five ingredients, yet results in a richly flavored, melt-in-your mouth shortbread cookie base that’s the ideal vehicle for luscious lemon and sassy coconut.

Rather than fuss with making lemon curd from scratch, I used Lucky Leaf Premium Lemon Pie Filling, which contains no high fructose corn syrup, has a lovely texture when baked, and best of all, leaves me time to spend in the spring sunshine, instead of at my stove.

Coconut, lemon’s tropical sidekick, is the perfect halo to surround our thumbprint cookies. Roll the dough into cute little cookie balls, dip in egg wash to ensure maximum coconut clinge-age, then set the coconut balls on a baking sheet.

Buttery Lemon Thumbprint Cookies rolled in coconut

Give each coconut cookie ball a Pillsbury Doughboy tummy poke to create a small indent, then fill with a baby spoonful of the lemon pie filling. It feels a little artistic, with the added reward of being delicious and edible.

In the oven, the shredded coconut toasts into a golden, lightly crunchy shell around the buttery cookie, and the lemon filling sets to a bright, glossy burst of citrus at the center. Every bite is like a fresh pop of spring.

Lemon thumbprint cookies next to a jar of lemon curd

How to Store Thumbprint Cookies

  • To Store. Store leftover thumbprint cookies in an airtight container for up to four days.

More Delicious Lemon Desserts

Buttery Lemon Coconut Thumbprint Cookies. Delicious and easy!

Although I don’t think the Easter Bunny will be stopping by this Sunday, I’m more than content with lemon coconut thumbprint cookies as my spring treat spread.


Thank you everyone so much for your kind anniversary wishes, and for being such fantastic sports about my little April Fool’s Day post. You are what makes this corner of the internet so special to me!

Lemon Coconut Thumbprint Cookies. Easy recipe that uses lemon pie filling for the center

Lemon Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Soft and buttery thumbprint cookies rolled in toasted coconut with bright lemon filling.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 18 mins
Total: 1 hr 8 mins

Servings: 16 cookies


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup Lucky Leaf Premium Lemon Pie Filling


  • In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed, until just combined. Beat in the almond extract and salt. With the mixer running on low, slowly add in the flour, mixing just until the dough begins to come together. Transfer to a lightly floured surface, then press and roll into a flat disk. Wrap with plastic and place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, beat together the egg with 1 tablespoon water to create an egg wash. Sprinkle the coconut into a shallow bowl.
  • Once the dough has chilled, roll it into 1 1/4-inch balls. Dip each ball into the egg wash, then roll it in the coconut flakes. Arrange the balls on ungreased baking sheets. With the top of your finger (a tube of lip balm works well also), press a light indentation into the top of each cookie. Drop a scant 1/2 teaspoon of lemon filling into each indentation. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the cookie edges are set and the coconut is golden. Transfer to a baking sheet and let cool.


Store leftover thumbprint cookies in an airtight container for up to four days.

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  1. I would like to make these cookies for my sister’s birthday party.  Do you think I could freeze them for a week?
    They sound delicious!

    1. Hi Lynn, I’ve never tried freezing these so I can’t say for sure, but you could certainly give it a try! I would recommend wrapping them in waxed paper and putting them in a freezer bag with as much air removed as possible. I’d love to know how it turns out!

  2. I just made these cookies and they are fabulous! Coconut and lemon are my two favorite ingredients! The coconut gives it a nice crunch. I used a little too much lemon curd but they turned out great. Thanks for sharing the recipe! They’re a good summertime treat :) 5 stars

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to report back, Jana! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies.

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