Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies
Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies – crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, lemony sweet treat. If you love lemon, these are the cookies for you.
Shawn’s new job has made us a very early morning house.
He now works 6:30-3:00. Great because he’s off work so early. Bad because our alarm is now set for 5:30. Am. In the morning. When it’s still dark out.
It’s been quite the adjustment.
And since I’m such a
light sleeper nice wife, I wake up with him and make his breakfast and coffee so it’s ready for him after he’s done showering and getting dressed.
To help wake us up in the morning, I’ve been putting on the news to play in the background, which I’m quickly realizing isn’t not the most pleasant morning viewing. Have you watched the morning news lately?! So many horrible things to report on every day! Murders. Major draught here in California. And many, many car accidents all around the Bay Area that are jamming up the freeways.
I need something a little more gentle for the morning time. I may have to switch us to children’s cartoons.
These sugar cookies have both lemon zest and lemon juice for lots of lemon flavor. The poppy seed give them cute little blue speckles, and a nice little pop of flavor.
I love these lemon poppy seed cookies because they are so EASY! No need to chill the dough or roll them out. No chilling means I can have these cookies within 30 minutes! Just make the dough and scoop them out. I am obsessed with my medium size cookie scoop. Now all of my cookies turn out the same size and bake evenly.
Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks, 16 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- zest from 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, about half a lemons worth
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with the racks in the upper and lower thirds. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl with a hand mixer) beat the butter and sugars at medium speed for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary. Add the egg, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice and beat for over medium speed for 1 minute, until combined. Add in the flour mixture, and beat of low speed until just combined. Scrape down the bowl if necessary.
- Use a medium cookie scoop* (or manually measure 1.5 tablespoon balls), scoop out the cookies and transfer to parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake in the oven for 16 minutes, rotating the trays half way thru baking. Cool for 3 minutes before eating. Will keep in an airtight container for 1 week.
- This dough freezes beautifully. Just freeze the scooped dough on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer safe container. Bake an additional 2-4 minutes than when baked raw.
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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44 Comments on “Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies”
Oh man, those cookies look amazing! I’ve never thought of making a cookie version, but those look SO delicious!! Pinned :)
I am a lemon obsessed person – lemon desserts are my weakness. These cookies look amazing! I wake up around 5:30 without an alarm – I’m a morning person. Plus, I used to work early hours and was up at 3:30am everyday – I definitely don’t miss that! I love that you get up with Shawn and have his breakfast ready, I’m sure he appreciates it :)
There was this time when I felt the need to wake up early and go to the gym (that didn’t last long) and whenever I’d come home, I’d sit with my coffee and watch the news…and was horrified about everything. I’m not horrified by these cookies though. In fact, I might be in love with these. As a lemon fanatic, I want these now–they look amazing! Plus, your pictures. Love!
These cookies look absolutely perfect, Natalie! Lemon anything is my favorite especially once spring arrives! I love that they have crispy edges and a soft center and the no chilling part makes them even more irresistible! Hope they help make your earlier mornings a little bit easier :)
I’m SO loving the crispy edges on these Nat, they look fantastic! xx
Oh that news… yuck. Not a good way to start the day for sure! As if there’s no good news to report, gah! You do have an early morning, but isn’t that a great way to start the day.. with the one you love? Rob’s day starts at 3:30 am.. and yes, I get up with him too. It took some adjusting when that all started, but I find I’m much more productive in the morning than in the afternoon! So It’s a win win! These cookies are so fresh and just adorable. The sunshinyness of the lemon and texture of the poppy seeds sound perfect! And I see those crisp edges.. lovely! Thank you for this, Natalie!
“so” pretty!!! :P
Wow, 5:30am is early!! hang in there!! Natalie, these cookies solo pretty!!! love them! love lemon and poppy seeds together!! Pinned!!!
I’m definitely a morning gal. But the watching the news sounds like surefire way to make me not like the mornings.
My days start with coffee and prayer. Ahh…and maybe a few of these delish cookies. That would be extra fine!
I never tried lemon poppy seed cookies. They look outstanding!
Aaah you’re an amazing wife! Never could I get up with my husband at 6am, but then again I’m up half the night nursing so I feel like I deserve the extra few minutes, haha! And yes, you definitely need a brighter morning background noise, children’s cartoons sound perfect, no? ;) Love the cookies and how simple they are – even though they’ve got poppy seeds :P They look delicious!
I love lemon desserts, so these are right up my alley! And the poppy seeds are always a nice touch. These look delicious, Natalie!
Wow that is quite a schedule! You two must be early to bed. My roommate used to listen to the news in the morning, but it’s definitely not for me..can’t handle so much bad stuff that early! These cookies look yummy! I started drinking lemon water in the morning, and ever since then, I crave lemon a lot more often. Weird, but makes me want these cookies even more!
I adore these pretty little cookies! I am SUCH a sucker for lemon poppy seed, it is certainly one of my favorites! Actually we had a lemon flavored wedding cake!
And I totally know what you mean about being an early riser, my husband gets up at 5:30 too and for like a week I did it with him…..but it didn’t last long! I need my sleep! :)
I think I would definitely wake up happy if I had these cookies waiting for me! These look gorgeous, Natalie! Love the poppy seeds in here, too. So perfect for spring!
I love these cookies! I just can’t get enough of everything lemon. Waking up early is hard, but I find that once I’m up I feel like my day is off to such a better start since I get stuff done in the a.m.!
I can relate to the early mornings as well now since we got the puppy, especially with crate training. Oh boy, sleep is not something I have any more. It’s been raining for a few days here in Jersey, I wis I could send it your way knowing how bad you guys need it.
I definitely don’t cook with poppy seeds often or ever, but these cookies sound like they are light and might be just what I need today. Can you overnight me a few? :)
I love lemon poppy seed cookies~ Such a great flavor for spring.
Ugh, I know how you feel. Seth has to wake up at 4:30 for work. You are a way better wife than me to get up and make his breakfast and coffee!! These cookies look spring-y and amazing :). Can’t wait to try.
Oh I love anything with lemon! The cookies look so delicious, Natalie! I love lemon poppyseed and cookies, but never thought to combine them. Such a great idea!
Bring on ALL the lemon-y things! These cookies look absolutely perfect, Natalie! Lemon poppyseed cookies have been something I’ve been wanting to try for a loooong time. It’s been on my to-do list for practically forever and I think you just convinced me! These look like they would go so great with my coffee this morning. ;)