Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies -A sweet & simple twist on the classic cake, perfect for Spring. These Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies are soft & chewy topped with a light lemon buttercream.

stack of lemon cookies

I love sugar cookies. Over the years I have used my Amazing Sugar Cookies recipe and altered it to make other deliciously chewy sugar cookies. Like Lemon Sugar Cookies,  Key Lime Sugar Cookies and even Orange Sugar Cookies. We have loved every single recipe.

My son Madden’s birthday is in March, and his favorite cake is lemon poppy seed, so when thinking of what to take in for a class treat I came up with the idea of Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies. But then quickly remembered that you can no longer take in homemade treats (another travesty in the school system). But I made these cookies anyway knowing he would love them.

 These Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies are soft & chewy topped with a light lemon buttercream.

And he did! WIN! SCORE! And Happy Birthday my sweet Madden Jet (yes, that’s his real name).

I think these cookies will be making an appearance at one or more of our spring and summer gatherings. I think that others will enjoy this twist and it is so much simpler than a cake. You can choose whether or not you want to frost these cookies with the lemon buttercream I included in the recipe. We prefer it but these cookies are amazing even without.

 These Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies are soft & chewy topped with a light lemon buttercream.

While I love my Amazing Sugar Cookies (my hubs favorite), this twist of Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies I think will be the most repeated twist on my sugar cookie recipe. Enjoy! XOXO San

 

If you love lemon poppy seed as much as Madden then check out a few of our other favorite lemon poppy seed recipes: Lemon Poppy Seed Bisquick Pancakes and Blueberry Syrup, Lemon Yogurt Poppy Seed Bread and Lemon Poppy Seed Pasta Salad. And of course, we can’t forget our Best Ever Lemon Poppy  Seed Cake or our Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes with a Blackberry Buttercream (yum).

How do I make Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies?

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.

Cream together sugar and butter. Beat in egg yolks, lemon zest and juice.
 
Add flour, poppy seeds, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Stir.
 
Form dough into walnut size balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Don’t flatten.
 
Bake 10-12 minutes, until tops are cracked and just turning color.
 
To make the frosting, cream together the confectioners’ sugar and butter in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk, lemon zest and juice with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes.
 

These Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies are soft & chewy topped with a light lemon buttercream.

 

How do you store cookies?

Store in an airtight container at room temperature, the cookies will last about one week.

Freeze in an airtight freezer bag to extend the life of the cookies to one to two months.

To keep your cookies soft and chewy, you can also place a quarter slice of bread (per dozen) into the container.

The cookies will absorb moisture from the bread, keeping them soft longer.

White bread is best, as it won’t transfer its own flavors to the cookies.

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LEMON POPPY SEED SUGAR COOKIES -A sweet & simple twist on the classic cake, perfect for Spring. These Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies are soft & chewy topped with a light lemon buttercream.



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Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies

A sweet & simple twist on the classic cake, perfect for Spring. These Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies are soft & chewy topped with a light lemon buttercream.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 186kcal
Author: Sandra

Ingredients

Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds

Lemon Frosting

  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3-5 tablespoons milk

Instructions

Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.
  • Cream together sugar and butter. Beat in egg yolks, lemon zest and juice.
  • Add flour, poppy seeds, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Stir.
  • Form dough into walnut size balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Don't flatten. Bake 10-12 minutes, until tops are cracked and just turning color.

Frosting

  • In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners' sugar and butter until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk, lemon zest and juice with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 25mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.5mg

These Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies are soft & chewy topped with a light lemon buttercream.