Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies – an absolute favorite bake sale cookie for spring! Melt in your mouth cookies with a pop of fresh lemon essence.

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

Cookies seem like an 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.

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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!

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Lemon Poppy Seed

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

Plus those Poppy Seeds give these cookies a wonderful pop of color!

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Easy Lemon 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 cookies.

The centers may look a little underbaked, yet the moment the edges are set and just barely showing color, take them out of the oven.

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Poppy Seed Cookies

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

Perfect for summer or spring days when all you need is a fresh, sweet treat to brighten your day.

How To Make The Best Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

  1. Mix – The most important thing to remember to make soft pillowy cookies, is that you need to cream the butter and sugar together. That means you need to beat them together on high speed until the sugar crystals start to break down and the butter is extra fluffy. Do this before mixing in any other ingredients.
  2. Scoop – Measure the cookies out in equal portions.  That way they bake evenly.
  3. Bake! – Don’t over-bake the cookies. Take the cookies out of the oven, when the edges are just barely golden brown, but the centers still look slightly under-baked. The centers will finish baking on the cookie sheets as the cookies cool.

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See The Recipe Card & Video Below For How To Make Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies. 

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Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies Recipe
5 from 8 votes

Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies are an absolute favorite bake sale cookie for spring! Melt in your mouth cookies with a pop of fresh lemon essence.

Servings: 30 cookies
Nutrition Facts
Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies
Amount Per Serving (2 cookies)
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Potassium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 6g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 2.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  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, two 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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28 comments on “Soft Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

  1. Lizposted April 11, 2019 at 10:09 am Reply

    Since we love lemon poppy seed muffins at our house, I had to try these cookies! They were soft and wonderful!!!

  2. Gaye Zander-Hamstreetposted April 6, 2019 at 3:42 pm Reply

    Love them.

  3. Chrisposted January 26, 2019 at 11:57 am Reply

    The BEST cookies I have made…friends and family raved and asked me to make a double batch next time! Perfect winter cookies…bright, sunny, lemon-y, soft and chewy…this is the only recipe I will make for Lemon Poppyseed Cookies from here on out!

  4. Colleenposted December 18, 2018 at 8:42 am Reply

    One of the ingredients:
    1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

    Is there supposed to be parentheses in there?

    • Sommer Collierposted December 19, 2018 at 4:17 pm Reply

      Hi Colleen,

      So sorry about that! We are in the middle of converting our recipes to a new user-friendly format, but there have been some glitches. We are working to find them all. Thanks for pointing this one out. All fixed!

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

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

  6. 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!

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

    Great recipe.

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

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

  11. 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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  13. 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!

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

    Love the sound of these cookies!

  15. 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)?

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

    Soft and fabulous!!

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

    Such yummy and classic flavors!

    • Laureen Theusposted April 6, 2019 at 2:32 pm Reply

      Not yet

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

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

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

    Perfect cookies for spring!

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

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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.