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LEMON POPPY SEED COOKIES

Celebrate summer with these Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies. Zesty cookies that pop with lemon flavor. Soft & chewy inside with a sugary crunch outside.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keywords lemon cookies, poppy seed cookies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 160 kcal
Author Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest, 2 to 3 lemons
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds + additional for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the lemon juice to a simmer and cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) to lemon juice and stir until melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the remaining butter with 1 cup sugar until light, about 3 minutes. Continue to beat while adding in egg and lemon butter and whip another 3 minutes. Mix in vanilla and lemon extracts and 2 teaspoons of zest.
  4. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to lemon butter mixture, mixing at low speed until combined. Stir in poppy seeds.
  5. On a flat plate, mix together remaining 1/2 cup sugar with the rest of the lemon zest. Pinch large fingerfuls of zest into sugar until well mixed. This will help flavor the sugar more thoroughly.
  6. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop batter into 1-1/2? balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Set about 2? apart as they will spread slightly. Using a flat-bottomed glass, dip in lemon-sugar mixture then press cookie flat until it’s about 1/4? thick. Sprinkle with additional poppy seeds.
  7. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until just starting to brown around edges. Cool on cookie sheets for about 2-4 minutes then remove to wire racks to finish cooling. Store in airtight container.

Recipe Notes

They would be very pretty made as smaller cookies using a small cookie scoop where you would probably get 3 dozen. Adapted from recipe found on Martha Stewart.

Nutrition Facts
LEMON POPPY SEED COOKIES
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 119mg 5%
Potassium 38mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Sugars 12g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 4.9%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.