Homemade Lemon Curd

I got so many lemons when we were visiting Petaluma in the spring. It was like a citrus explosion when I got home because all I was doing was trying to bake and cook everything with lemons and oranges so I could use them all!

I asked for your lemon recipe requests on Instagram, and someone asked for a Lemon Curd recipe. So, here we are! I am showing you how to make an easy homemade Lemon Curd. You can use this homemade Lemon Curd for so many things. Here’s a list of ten things you can use homemade Lemon Curd for.

homemade lemon curd in a jar with lemons

10 Things to Use Homemade Lemon Curd

  1. Fill thumbprint cookies. You can use any thumbprint cookie recipe you like, even my classic Raspberry Thumbprints. I even have a Coconut Lemon Thumbprint Cookie recipe coming tomorrow. The thing to remember when filling thumbprint cookies with lemon curd, is you want to bake the cookies first, do not fill them. Then, when they come out of the oven, use a teaspoon and place it into the center of the thumbprint to indent it more, as when you bake a thumbprint with the indent but nothing inside, it can puff up. So that’s a trick for you! As soon as they are cooled, you can fill them with Lemon Curd. Just be sure to store cookies with lemon curd in the fridge.
  2. Use it as a cake filling. If you are using this as a cake filling, you will still need buttercream frosting. So, you can use this with any cake recipe. It would be a delicious filling in my White Cake recipe. When you put curd inside a cake as a filling, you need to put buttercream into a piping bag. When the first cake layer is on the stand, pipe a circle of buttercream around the outer edge of the cake, then you can fill the inside with lemon curd. Lemon curd is runny, so if you don’t pipe a buttercream boarder with a filling like curd, it will leak out of the sides of your layer cake, and the layer cake will slide around. You can view my Strawberry Almond Cake, for instructions on how to put in a filling. This would also be a great cake recipe to use with lemon curd, in place of this strawberry filling. Just be sure to store cake with lemon curd in the fridge.
  3. Use it on toast. Lemon curd makes an amazing topping for toast!
  4. Use it on pancakes, waffles, or French toast.
  5. Use it as a filling for sandwich cookies. You can use any sandwich cookie recipe you like, but try my Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies for an amazing Lemon Earl Grey Sandwich Cookie. Just remember that lemon curd needs to be refrigerated, so if you make sandwich cookies, then they need to be stored in the fridge.
  6. Use it in homemade ice cream. You can add it into the ice cream when it’s still churning, or you can swirl it in when you’re transferring it to the container.
  7. Swirl it into homemade Whipped Cream, you can use it as a topping for cakes and pies, or just dip strawberries and fresh fruit into it.
  8. Add it to salad dressing. If you make your own salad dressing and often use lemon juice, you can also use lemon curd!
  9. Add it into cocktails. If you’re looking for a light and zesty cocktail, you can use lemon curd.
  10. You can fill cupcakes with it. If you like cupcakes that are filled, lemon curd is the perfect addition. You can use it in any cupcake recipe. Just take Ateco tip #808 and plop it into the center of the cupcakes when they are cooled, to remove the middle. Fill them with lemon curd, and top with frosting! You’ll get a sweet burst of citrus when you bite into that cupcake. Try it with my Simple Vanilla Cupcakes.

Why Organic

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

homemade lemon curd in a jar with lemons
homemade lemon curd in a jar with lemons
homemade lemon curd in a jar with lemons
homemade lemon curd in a jar with lemons
homemade lemon curd in a jar with lemons

Homemade Lemon Curd

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy



Use this homemade lemon curd recipe for so many things, such as a topping for waffles, inside cakes, cupcakes, or thumbprint cookies!


  • 3 organic egg yolks

  • 113 grams (1/2 cup) organic cane sugar

  • 1/4 cup organic lemon juice

  • Zest of 1 organic lemon

  • 4 tablespoons organic salted butter


  • Add the egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest into a heat proof bowl.
  • Fill a small saucepan a third of the way with water, and place th bowl on top. Heat on medium heat, and whisk the mixture to avoid clumps from forming. Continue to whisk until the mixture has reduced by about one third, and it coats the back of a spoon, it should take about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Chop the butter into small pieces, and add into the egg mixture. Stir to combine completely.
  • Transfer to a glass jar or bowl and add a piece of plastic wrap over the top to prevent a skin from forming. Allow to set in the fridge for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  • Use in recipes!


  • High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted, it may take a few minutes longer on the stovetop.

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