Lemon Poppy Cookies-anti-cancer recipes- cook for your life

Lemon Poppyseed Cookies

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 8 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 13 ingredients

What can I say? These Lemon Poppyseed Cookies are completely delicious with or without the glaze. They are great as a snack with a cup of coffee or, as they say in the UK,...


  • 1¼ plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons reserved
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Glaze (optional)

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Nutrition Facts


224 cals


12 g

Saturated Fat

8 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

3 g


29 g


27 g


0 g


1 g


123 mg


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, poppy seeds, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  4. Turn the speed to low, and beat in the flour mixture until well combined.
  5. Using a small ice-cream scoop or heaping tablespoon, form dough into a ball with hands, roll in the reserved 2 tablespoons of sugar, then place on the prepared parchment paper. Repeat until all the dough is used up, placing the cookies 2-inches apart.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, they will not have browned and they will be cracked on top. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. If using a glaze, whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until the sugar has been absorbed. Drizzle on the cookies once the cookies have cooled. Let the glaze set for 1 hour.

Chef Tips

These are a perfect cookie to make a day or two before a chemo infusion. They will give you a sweet treat on hand to snack on. That said eat all sweets in moderation. A little bit of sweetness will make you feel good, but don’t overdo it.

If you cannot find whole wheat pastry flour then substitute half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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