Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Closeup on lemon poppy seed cookies
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
9 min
12 cookies

The taste of spring in a crispy yet chewy cookie! These lemon poppy seed cookies are bursting with lemon flavour. Poppy seeds in the dough and sprinkled on top add a pleasing crunch. The cookies are similar to chewy sugar cookies with crisp edges. The lemon glaze adds a huge punch of flavour that you are going to adore.

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Tbsp lemon zest, plus more for garnish
cup granulated white sugar
cup light brown or golden sugar
cup unsalted butter, softened
large egg
1 ¾
cup all-purpose flour
tsp baking powder
tsp baking soda
tsp fine sea salt
Tbsp poppy seeds, plus more for garnish
cup powdered sugar
lemon, freshly juiced



The cookie dough can be prepared with a hand mixer or stand mixer.

Ingredients for lemon poppy seed cookies
Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 2

In a mixing bowl, add the lemon zest along with the granulated sugar and light brown sugar. Massage the zest into the sugar by rubbing between your fingertips until very fragrant.

Sugar and lemon zest combined in a bowl
Step 3

Add the butter. Using a hand mixer, combine the sugars and butter. Add the egg and mix until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

Egg added to sugar mixture
Step 4

In a separate small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and poppy seeds. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Slowly mix until the dough comes together into a smooth mass.

Dry ingredients beside wet sugar mix
Step 5

Use a large cookie scoop to portion the dough into 12 equal pieces, about 3 tablespoons each. Gently press down to slightly flatten. Bake the cookies for 8 to 9 minutes, rotating halfway through. The cookies are done when they are slightly browned around the edges.

Cookie dough scooped into balls on cookie sheet
Step 6

Cool the cookies on a wire rack for 10 minutes before adding the glaze.

Step 7

To make the glaze, stir together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until thick and smooth, adding more lemon juice as needed.

Step 8

Drizzle the glaze over the tops of the cooled cookies and sprinkle with lemon zest and poppy seeds.

lemon poppy seed cookies on a plate

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