Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies, a bake sale favorite that melts in your mouth!

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Warm weather is officially here and I am officially celebrating. Take that, winter!

Cookies seem like the appropriate treat to usher in a season of sunshine, flowers, and picnics. Especially if the cookies are as light and airy as summer makes us feel.

Heavenly Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Today’s Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies are my new favorite cookie….

I know, I know. I’ve said that before.

However, these pillowy little drops of sunshine are so tender and vibrant, you can’t help but love them!

Making Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Our Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies are packed with lemon zest and poppy seeds for tangy flavor that instantly makes you feel light-hearted.

How to Make Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

These drop-style cookies take very little effort to prepare, and retain their tender texture for days. They are a marvelous make-ahead for parties and weekend treats!

Just be sure not to over-bake the Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies. The centers may look a little under baked, yet the moment the edges are set and just barely showing color, take them out of the oven.

Perfect Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

You’ll end up with heavenly Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies that will make everyone feel like celebrating!

Best Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

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Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies Recipe
5 from 4 votes

Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies Recipe - The absolute favorite bake sale cookie for spring! Melt in your mouth cookies with a pop of fresh lemon essence.
Servings: 28 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 64mg 3%
Potassium 31mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 4.2%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds, plus extra for garnish
  • 3-6 drop yellow food coloring, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 3+ minutes. Scrape the bowl and beat in the egg, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, poppy seeds, and yellow food coloring. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add in the flour mixture. Scrape the bowl, then mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop the cookie dough onto the baking sheets in 1 1/2 tablespoon portions, 2 inches apart. Sprinkle the tops with extra poppy seeds. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are just barely golden. Then cool on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes before moving.
  4. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

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22 comments on “Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

  1. Anaposted December 6, 2018 at 5:49 pm Reply

    I am trying this out right now. Here’s to hoping they turn out

  2. GINAposted November 30, 2018 at 1:35 pm Reply

    These are now my sons favorite cookies. Whenever he is home from college I have to make a batch for him to take back with him. They are delicious!

  3. Graceposted July 24, 2018 at 2:38 pm Reply

    Great recipe.

  4. Coco in the Kitchenposted June 25, 2018 at 2:18 pm Reply

    I’m a-gonna go home and bake a huge batch of these here cookies TONIGHT!

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  6. Daveposted April 3, 2017 at 11:36 am Reply

    I’ll be making these gluten-free……They sound great!! :-)

  7. Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat.posted April 3, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply

    These look fantastic! I’m a huge fan of lemon desserts and baked goods. My peeps sometimes complain that I make things ‘too lemony’, as if such a thing were actually possible. 

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  9. Lindsay | With Salt and Pepperposted March 31, 2017 at 11:05 am Reply

    Love this recipe!! Lemon poppyseed anything is a favorite of mine.  A little bakery I used to work in as a kid had the best muffins, and I was lucky enough to get them right out of the oven!

  10. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted March 29, 2017 at 10:11 pm Reply

    Love the sound of these cookies!

  11. Maryposted March 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply

    These sound delicious (I LOVE lemon), but alas, I’m not a fan at all of soft cookies. Any way to make them so they’re crisp (or at least not soft in the center)?

  12. Jenny Flakeposted March 29, 2017 at 6:51 pm Reply

    Soft and fabulous!!

  13. Maria Lichtyposted March 29, 2017 at 6:06 pm Reply

    Such yummy and classic flavors!

  14. Gaby Dalkinposted March 29, 2017 at 1:23 pm Reply

    These are adorable for spring, and look perfectly moist and chewy! Yum!

  15. marlaposted March 29, 2017 at 11:57 am Reply

    Perfect cookies for spring!

  16. Heather Christoposted March 29, 2017 at 10:44 am Reply

    These are so pretty! I love lemon and poppy seeds!

  17. Mabel Popeposted March 29, 2017 at 10:37 am Reply

    Could you half this recipe. Two of my mother’s favourite things are lemon and poppy seeds, but she is pre-diabetic so she’s trying to watch her sugar intake. If I could half this recipe, she wouldn’t be so mad at me for making them for her. lol

    • Sommerposted March 29, 2017 at 7:48 pm Reply

      Hi Mabel,

      Of course! However, I would probably make the whole batch and just freeze half the dough for later. :)

      • Carolynposted August 22, 2017 at 4:34 pm

        Is it better to freeze dough and cook later, or cook batch and freeze cookies?

      • Sommerposted August 22, 2017 at 8:53 pm

        Hi Carolyn,

        I prefer to freeze dough and bake the cookies when needed. That way, they are fresh!

  18. Naokiposted March 29, 2017 at 10:06 am Reply

    Such a fun cookie! I’m always a fan of lemon and poppy seed together and this is a great way to deliver it.