Lemon Poppy Seed Slices Recipe
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Lemon Poppy Seed Slices Recipe

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My mom taught me to bake, and I use lots of recipes from her abundant collection, including this one for lemon cookies. —Pauline Piraino, Bay Shore, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:33 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 33 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract, optional
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 103 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 45mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, milk lemon peel and extracts. Gradually add flour and mix well. Stir in poppy seeds. Shape into two 8-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 5-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Poppy Seed Slices in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p91

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

"After viewing the reviews beforehand, I did add 1 extra teas of fresh lemon juice but no baking soda as I do prefer crisp type cookies. I think I could have added even more lemon juice. I would make these again though as I like the crisp texture."

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2014

"didn't care for the texture... very little flavor."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"Made these but did alter a bit. Added 1/2 tsp. Baking soda, used 1 tsp. Lemon juice instead, and baked for only 8 min. Very good and NOT rock hard as they were not over baked. Yummy recipe!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"Needs baking soda."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"I made the cookies per recipe. Before baking I thought to myself, there is no baking soda or baking powder. These cookies are going to be hard. I was correct...hard as a brick! Lot of wasted ingredients and time spent on this one."

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