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Soft Citrus Poppy Seed Cookies Recipe

Citrus Poppy Seed Cookies are super soft and cake-y in texture. They have crisped edges and a hint of zest--perfect for a hot summer day.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: citrus cookies, love and lemons, poppy seeds, soft cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 279kcal
Cost: $10


  • 1 Electric Stand-Up Mixer
  • Oxo Medium Cookie Scoop



  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup granulated sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Set aside.
  • In a stand-up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar and zests on medium speed until well combined. Add in the oil, egg, and lemon juice. Continue mixing until pale and evenly combined, about 1 minute, scraping down the sides every so often.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the creamed ingredients, mixing on low speed until just combined. The dough will be somewhat dense.
  • Using a tablespoon-sized spring-release scoop (2-ounce scoop), scoop out the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Carefully roll or lightly sprinkle the cookies with sugar. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes. The cookies will seem like they need a minute longer, but take them out anyways. Let cool on the pan for 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely, about 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Zest Substitutions:
If you don't have any oranges, use 1 tablespoon of lemon zest.
Kitchen Aid Mixer | Oxo Medium Scooper


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg