Strawberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

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These Strawberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies are a fun twist on my Grandma’s Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies! They’re a delicious lemon cream cheese cookie with a thumbprint filled with strawberry.

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Strawberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

The base of this cookie is a favorite on it’s own for our family, but adding the strawberry just makes it the perfect cookie to enjoy during the Spring and Summer seasons.

Making Strawberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

You start with softened cream cheese and butter plus sugar and give it a good mixing.

Butter and cream cheese

After creaming, you’ll add the egg and vanilla. Then you’ll add the lemon juice and lemon zest.

Adding the lemon zest to the lemon cream cheese batter.

In a separate bowl, you’ll combined your dry ingredients and then slowly add it to the batter in the mixing bowl. Then it’s time to refrigerated the dough for a least 4 hours.

cream cheese cookie balls

After the dough is chilled, you’ll roll the dough into balls.

Time for that thumbprint! You can either use your thumb or the back of a teaspoon to create that indentation.

strawberry jam in cream cheese cookies

To fill the center of the cookie, you microwave your strawberry jam and then spoon it into the center.

Then it’s time to bake!

After baking, you’ll make the drizzle to finish off your delicious strawberry lemon cream cheese cookies!

Strawberry Lemon Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies
5 from 1 vote

Strawberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

A delicious cream cheese cookie with a light lemon flavor filled with a strawberry jam.
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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:21 mins
Refrigeration:4 hrs
Total Time:4 hrs 36 mins


  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup strawberry jam


  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tsp water


  • Cream the softened butter and cream cheese with the sugar in a mixing bowl for 5 minutes. Start at a low speed and gradually increase to medium-high speed.
    Creamed butter, cream cheese, and sugar.
  • Add the egg and vanilla to the mixing bowl and mix on low until combined.
  • Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and mix until combined at low speed.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the mixer on low speed until combined.
    Dry ingredients for the lemon cream cheese cookies.
  • Place the cookie dough covered in plastic wrap, in a refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  • After 4 hours in the refrigerator, remove your dough. Preheat your oven to 350° and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a teaspoon to scoop out some dough. You want about a heaping teaspoon size. Then roll the dough into a ball shape and place on the parchment-lined cookie sheet.
    cream cheese cookie balls
  • Then use your thumb or the back of a teaspoon to create indents in each of the dough balls.
  • Take the 1/2 cup of strawberry jam and place it in a microwave safe bowl. Heat the jam for about 20-30 seconds on 50% power. You are just wanting to loosen up the jam, not heat it up.
  • Use a teaspoon to spoon a little of the strawberry jam into each of the thumbprints you made in each dough ball.
    strawberry jam in cream cheese cookies
  • Place in your preheated oven and bake for 18-22 minutes.


  • While the cookies are cooling, make your quick drizzle.
  • In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar and water until it combined to a drizzle consistency.
  • After the cookies are cooled at least 20 minutes, use a fork to drizzle the icing on top of the cookies.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie, cookies, cream cheese, lemon, strawberries
Servings: 16 cookies
Cost: $6
Strawberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies


  1. 5 stars
    These are a new family favorite!
    The cookies turned out so soft, and creating the divet with the back of a teaspoon worked great after dipping the spoon in ice water.
    Thank you!

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