Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies are full of citrus flavor and are a perfect addition to a dairy lunch.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine the sugar and butter in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Mix until well-blended and light in color.
Mix in egg if using.
Add poppy seeds, lemon zest and vanilla.
Add flour gradually, continuing until a dough has formed.
Roll into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake 15 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then move to rack until completely cool.
This recipe is adapted from Ratio by Michael Ruhlman