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
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
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.