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Today I made some bright summery Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies and I got to use the most amazing kitchen tool to do so!
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Okay, now let’s talk delicious cookies.
I decided to start with my basic pudding cookie recipe. I considered using lemon pudding in the mix, but I’ve found that sometimes flavored puddings can come across too strongly.
So I stuck with vanilla pudding, using a combination of lemon zest, lemon juice, and lemon extract for the flavoring. The resulting cookies for soft and tender with a nice kick of lemon flavor without being cloying – they’re perfection!
Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 (3.4 oz) package vanilla instant pudding
1 tsp lemon extract
1 tbsp lemon juice
Zest from 1 lemon
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp poppy seeds
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
Pinch of lemon zest
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheet with parchment or silicone mats.
Place the butter & sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy.
Add the pudding and mix until combined.
Mix in the eggs, zest, and lemon extract.
Slowly mix in the baking soda, salt, and all purpose flour. Stir in the poppy seeds.
Use a medium scoop to drop cookies onto the prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned.
To make the drizzle, stir together the lemon juice, powdered sugar, and a pinch of lemon zest and stir until smooth. Pour the drizzle into a piping bag or zipper bag with a small cut on one corner and drizzle on the cookies.
Makes about 30 cookies
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Lemon Poppy Seed Pudding Cookies
Lemon Poppy Seeds Pudding Cookies are perfect for summer!
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 package vanilla pudding
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheet with parchment or silicone mats.Place the butter & sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy.Add the pudding and mix until combined.Mix in the eggs, zest, and lemon extract.Slowly mix in the baking soda, salt, and all purpose flour. Stir in the poppy seeds.Use a medium scoop to drop cookies onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned. Cool completely.To make the drizzle, stir together the lemon juice, powdered sugar, and a pinch of lemon zest and stir until smooth. Pour the drizzle into a piping bag or zipper bag with a small cut on one corner and drizzle on the cookies.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 30 Cookies