Almond & lemon curd buttons

Almond & lemon curd buttons

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus chilling


Makes about 20
Hidden inside these crumbly biscuits lies a heart of lemon curd, giving an unexpected burst of flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen uncooked

Nutrition: per biscuit

  • kcal225
  • fat15g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.21g
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  • 250g butter, softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 140g golden caster sugar, plus extra
  • 1 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest 2 lemons



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 300g plain flour
  • 100g ground almond
  • a little milk, to seal



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • about 3 tbsp lemon curd
  • flaked almonds, for the top


  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Beat the butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, zest and a pinch of salt in a large bowl until smooth, then fold in the flour and ground almonds. Shape into 2 rounds, flatten them, then wrap in cling film and chill until firm, about 30 mins.

  2. Roll out 1 piece of dough on a floured surface to about £1 thickness, then stamp out rounds with a 7cm cutter. Brush all over with milk, then spoon 20p-size blobs of lemon curd into the middle of half of the rounds.

  3. Carefully lay the remaining rounds on top of the lemon curd, then gently press around the edges with your fingers to seal. Scatter with a little caster sugar and the flaked almonds. Bake for 15 mins until light golden. Repeat with remaining pastry, then squish any offcuts together and re-roll. You can freeze the biscuits before baking, but add up to 5 mins more to the cooking time.

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Comments (35)

belindacaroline's picture

I wasn't that impressed with these to be honest. Following the advice of other reviewers, and how sticky the dough was I altered ingredients slightly; reduced butter by 50g and increased flour by 30g. It was still a hideous dough to work with, despite a long chill, so it must have been even worse for other people. I was disappointed in other ways too, the lemon zest didn't cut with the cutter and it stuck out in spikes around the biscuits ( maybe the lemon could be partially chopped before use?) I found the flavour bland and they were very labour intensive to make, for not terribly good results. The idea is a nice one, and I think I will try layering curd into some other fail-safe recipes I have.

Ailee's picture

made these yesterday and they are delicious. I left the dough in the fridge for a good 2 hours making it easier to work with, I also used a smaller cutter ( 6 cm) which gave a yield of about 30 and with the small amount of dough left over I just rolled out and made individual pieces of shortbread about 5. Yum... Give it a go, you won't be disappointed

Sylviemc's picture

Just tucking into one just out of the oven- tasty! Need lots of flour to work with, I put the dough in freezer to chill and it warms up and gets difficult to work with v quickly. I was thinking hope it's worth it, it is, just keep faffing away a bit at a time. I've sprinkled in icing sugar and lemon zest as I think they're not that attractive to look at. Used a glass 7-8 cm as a cutter, made a dimple in base with tsp, 1 teaspoon of curd, then used palm of hand to flatten and stick together. They are the size of big cookies not jammie dodgers, I would make smaller

niamhg86's picture

Really good! I left the dough in the fridge overnight and found it easy to work with. I used a half teaspoon blob of lemon curd in each biscuit which was a good amount for it to ooze out a bit when bitten in to.

Dianne2's picture

Made these today. Like everyone else has found, the dough was a bit of a task (and no, I didn't use the juice of the lemons!). I chilled it well and rolled between 2 sheets of cling film and that seemed to work. Really tasty biscuits.

jessica.l.appleby's picture

Really tasty and a great soft texture. People have also asked me for the recipe. I've made them twice already! I froze half of the dough for another time and that worked fine too.

Lennybell's picture

Like others I found the dough sticky and difficult to work with but I was very pleased with the end result. Next time I think I would use slightly smaller cutters as the biscuits were quite large. More lemon curd needed too but still loved them.

Nico_cook's picture

Soooo,... I baked them yesterday and may I say that I was expecting something quite close to what is displayed on the picture... They are rather like saucers than buttons! But they taste good though! I read all the comments and being aware of the sticky dough, I found my way to work with it: small amount of dough to roll down each time... Works perfect, takes a bit more time, but doesn't go messy! I will have a look again at what is a 7cm cutter because again, does not seem to be the right diameter for buttons! And, final tip: I kept the dough in the frigde overnight...

the-cats-mother's picture

For the benefit of cooks in other countries I'd like to point out that a £1 coin is only an eighth of an inch thick, or 3mm.

soonas's picture

Are people adding the JUICE of 2 lemons rather than the ZEST to the dough as there is nothing else in it really to make it sticky?

eileenjb56's picture

Delicious. I added more lemon curd.
So many people at work have asked for the recipe

gillybee82's picture

I haven't made these yet but I shall be doing so. I just wanted to say that the height of the £ sign is around 1/4" or just under 1/2cm. I also agree with the suggestion is to allow the mixture to "rest" in the fridge for half an hour. Also I suggest that the mixture should be handled as less possible (wash your hands under a cold tap first). For rolling out, try rolling between 2 sheets of grease proof paper or cling film - a recommendation from THE Paul Hollywood. I love the idea of adding a little Vanilla extract or the lemon zest, both sound lovely (on their own, not together). Can't wait to make them!!!

rachsgoodfood's picture

I made these biscuits the other day and having read the reviews I put more lemon curd in them than stated, some of them rose in the middle to make little domes but they still tasted yummy.

mandyfoster's picture

Have just made these biscuits and they are lovely. However, I would agree with other comments in that the dough is a nightmare to work with. I've never made biscuits before, so it was really helpful to know that I was not alone. My advice would be to flour everything really well when rolling out...and persevere! I don't agree that the biscuits are bland though. I thought they tasted lovely. Really light and the lemon zest adds a lovely lemony flavour to the biscuit..with added lemon zing with the lemon curd centres. Yum! Took much longer than 30 mins though....loads of washing and wiping!

streakyfish's picture

Really lovely biscuits. Didn't find the dough to much of a problem as put it in the freezer for an hour before rolling out.

kimroz_7189's picture

I made these last week and they were fantastic. On the advise of another reader I added shavings of white chocolate on top of the lemon curd before I sealed the biscuits. They were amazing. Going to make miniature ones for a party on sat.

flirtinflight's picture

Delicious! Could eat them all day every day!

nevynevster's picture

Good recipe, easy to do. We omitted the curd but biscuits were still a big hit

yummer's picture

These taste fantastic! The dough is extremely sticky so I chilled it in the bowl before mixing it too much or seperating into two halves. I added a little almond extract as I think ground almonds can be quite tasteless. I also put as much lemon curd in as I could and it made a big difference, all the flavours came out very well. I made them quite thin and half of the dough made 15. A bit of a fiddley recipe but well worth the mess and half a pound of extra flour you use rolling them out!

lisajo29's picture

With reference to the sticky dough, I always leave the dough in the mixing bowl, cover with foil and put in the fridge for about an hour to thicken, harden the dough so it's easier to roll out as not sticky! Hope this helps! Can't wait to try these biscuits as love almonds!


Questions (2)

Jocatt's picture

How long will these keep once cooked and cooled? Thanks

goodfoodteam's picture

These should keep well for at least a week in an airtight tin.

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