Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

These soft, chewy cookies have the bright zing of citrus and the contrasting bite of poppy seeds.

Makes: 24Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 1 hour 18 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 24


  • 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 3⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • Juice and grated zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. sodium-free baking powder
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  • Measure butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Form dough into a 3-inch-wide log, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Remove plastic wrap and cut dough into 1⁄4-inch slices with a sharp knife. Place slices on prepared baking sheet.
  • Place baking sheet on middle rack in oven and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.