Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies with Sunshine Glaze


Originally, I baked these cookies for Super Bowl LII. For homage to my Dad who was a native of coal-mining Pennsylvania and a lifelong Eagles fan. (Or Ig’-els, as he steadfastly pronounced their name!)*

Sadly, he died five years too soon to witness their ultimate victory.

I wanted something bright and happy to send to Dad, which always sends me back to yellow .  .  . the happiest color I know.

These cookies have a soft, cakey texture and a refreshing lemony burst of flavor.


Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon Freshly Grated Lemon Zest
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 2 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds
  • 3/4 Cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1 Large Whole Egg
  • 2 Teaspoons Pure Lemon Extract

Baking Directions

Step 1:  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Step 2:  In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, lemon zest, coriander and poppy seeds. Mix well with whisk and set aside.

Step 3:  In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until it forms a grainy paste. (I like to do this manually, but an electric mixer works well, also.)

Step 4:  In a small bowl or measuring cup, lightly whip egg yolks, whole egg and lemon extract with a fork. Add to butter and sugar, and mix until fully combined. (If using electric mixer, beat at medium speed.)

Step 5:  Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. (For electric mixer, use low speed. Be careful not to overmix.)

Step 6:  Drop with a small cookie scoop (or rounded tablespoons) onto cookies sheets covered with parchment paper.

Step 7:  Bake for 15 – 20 minutes for soft cookies. Remove just as edges are beginning to slightly brown.

Step 8:  Transfer cookies with a spatula to a cool surface.


  • 2 Cups Powdered Suger
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Dash of Fresh Lemon Zest

Glazing Directions

Step 1:  Mix or blend until smooth.

Step 2:  Once cookies have cooled, drizzle glaze on top using a fork or spoon. This really depends upon the consistency of the glaze and your desire to be creative. Fork drizzles are the most fun to play with. I’m still experimenting with this art!

Step 3:  Sprinkle some fresh lemon zest on the top of each cookie. This adds a nice, invigorating burst of sunshine to each bite.

Yield: 3 Dozen

Enjoy with a smile!


*If anyone recognizes this pronunciation, please share with me its origin. My Dad had no clue that his diction was unique.



4 responses »

  1. I think “Iggles” is just the way they tawk in Philly. There is no linguistic derivation, per se, just slang pronunciation. This is unlike other Philly slang like “youse.” or “whiz” (you’ll have to guess what that means) or “Mummers.” Although I’m from northwestern PA, I spent a few years in Philly so I’m somewhat familiar with the lingo. Of course, Philly people don’t recognize the other parts of PA beyond King of Prussia, Reading, Allentown and Lancaster so if you’re a “Yinzer” from Pittsburgh or, even Erie you have to explain that these are not Ohio towns.

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    • Thank you for your humorous and educational insights!!
      My dad was from Pottsville, so I never really associated his few quirky pronunciations with that of Philly folk.
      And, yes . . . the Mummers! I went to see a couple of their parades as a child. That one brings back a lot of memories. But, still: the name? Dad could never explain that one! The whole festival reminds me a bit of Mardi Gras toned down by Yankees.
      You definitely have me guessing on “whiz.” 🙂


  2. According to various Wikipedia articles, the parade is related to the Mummers Play tradition from Britain and Ireland. Mumming spread from the British Isles to a number of former British colonies. It is sometimes performed in the street but more usually during visits to houses and pubs. Although the term mummers has been in use since the middle ages no scripts or details survive from that era and the term may have been used loosely to describe performers of several different kinds.

    I haven’t checked any of my etymological dictionaries on this but I might do so now.

    “Whiz” is used by men in the phrase, “to take a whiz” — as In “Hang on a minute, I gotta take a whiz.” It’s common schoolboy slang. For some reason, women seem to only use the word “pee” (“I hafta pee”) unless they use a more indirect term: “I have to use the ladies’ room” or “Excuse me while I powder my nose” (which i doubt anyone actually says seriously anymore.)


    • Thank you for sharing your research. I did a little, but you’ve filled in some blanks for me. I’m still curious as to where the word/name “Mummers” came from. Even without a meaning, it rolls off the tongue nicely. Fun to say.

      As for “whiz,” I was heading in the direction of “Cheese Whiz.” Way off!


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