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Fluffy Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Soft, fluffy and easy to make, these lemon poppy seed cookies are a delicious and simple recipe. They're perfectly sweet with just the right amount of tang and finished off with a simple lemon drizzle.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Claire Cary



  • ½ cup unsalted dairy free butter (1 stick)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1 full tbsp lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 ¾ cup + 2 tbsp gluten free all purpose flour (spoon & level to measure)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • optional: ½ tsp lemon extract

Lemon Glaze

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • In a medium bowl, add the softened butter and sugar. If the butter was previously in the fridge, add to the microwave for about 20 seconds to soften before adding the sugar to the bowl. You want the butter to be soft to the touch but not melted. 
  • Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add in the egg, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest. I suggest zesting two lemons first and then using one for the juice.
  • Beat together until well combined. 
  • Add in the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Be sure to measure the flour using the spoon and level method, do not measure straight from the bag.
  • Beat just until a dough forms. 
  • Use a wooden spoon to fold in the poppy seeds until evenly incorporated. 
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to drop the dough in even circles onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave as is and don't flatten to ensure the cookies are fluffy.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. 11 minutes is perfect in my oven, but all ovens are different. You want the bottoms/edges to be very slightly golden brown, but the center should be very soft and almost appear a bit raw in the cracks when you remove from the oven. Careful not to over bake as they will dry out easily!
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. 
  • Once completely cool, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until creamy. If it's too thin, add a bit more sugar, too thick and add more lemon juice. Drizzle over the cookies and sprinkle with extra poppy seeds if desired. 


If you want the cookies to be thick and fluffy as pictured, I do not recommend flattening the dough before baking. Just let it drop right from the cookie scoop and leave as is!
These cookies will spread a bit while baking, so you want to leave plenty of room between each cookie. I usually just put 6 on one baking sheet at a time. 
Do not skimp on the lemon zest! I use one full tablespoon, sometimes more, to really get the most flavor. This will be about 2 full lemons, depending on size.
I used the Bob's Red Mill GF all purpose flour in the blue bag. You can try other GF all purpose flours (or just use regular AP flour) but make sure it has xanthan gum. If you are not GF, just sub for regular AP flour, it works both ways!


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.1g | Protein: 2.6g | Fat: 8.6g | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 11.4g
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Keyword: lemon cookies, lemon poppy seed cookies, poppy seed cookies