Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies are full of citrus flavor and are a perfect addition to a dairy lunch.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 15 people
Calories 209 kcal
Author Barbara


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 sticks butter (12 oz)
  • 1 egg optional
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest about three lemons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Combine the sugar and butter in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed.  Mix until well-blended and light in color.  

  3. Mix in egg if using.

  4. Add poppy seeds, lemon zest and vanilla.

  5. Add flour gradually, continuing until a dough has formed.

  6. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  7. Bake 15 minutes.  Do not overbake.  Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then move to rack until completely cool.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is adapted from Ratio by Michael Ruhlman

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 81mg 3%
Potassium 38mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 5.7%
Vitamin C 1.9%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 7.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.