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Beautifully bright and refreshing, these Soft Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies are crazy tender and loaded with fresh lemon flavor. Perfect summer cookie!

Soft Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Beautifully bright and refreshing, these Soft Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies are crazy tender and loaded with fresh lemon flavor. Perfect summer cookie!  Download my FREE Cookie Customization Guide here! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Yields: 20 cookies
Recipe by Tessa Arias

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 2 cups (254 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 10 tablespoons (142 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest (from about 2 medium lemons)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup (125 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon zest, for garnish, if desired
  • Poppy seeds, for garnish, if desired

Directions

Make the cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and lemon zest until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg, egg yolk, and honey. Add the lemon juice and poppy seeds and mix until combined. On low speed, gradually add in the flour mixture until just combined.
  4. Divide the dough into 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls using a spring-loaded scoop and drop onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Gently flatten dough with the smooth side of a spatula.
  5. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are just set and slightly golden brown. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to cooking racks to cool completely.

Make the glaze:

  1. In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice until a thick glaze forms. Add more sugar or juice as needed. Dip each cookie into the glaze. Sprinkle with more zest and poppy seeds, if desired. Let the glaze set, about 20 minutes.
  2. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.