Lemon-Poppy Seed-Almond Cookies

Total Time
2hrs 12mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 12 mins

A nice holiday cookie. Prep time includes refrigeration time and cooling time. From a recipe by Rose Beranbaum.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, poppy seeds, and salt.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks, vanilla and lemon zest; scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. At low speed gradually beat in flour mixture, just until incorporated.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process the almonds until very fine. Do not overprocess to a "butter".
  6. Transfer nuts to a small bowl.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F
  8. Measure level tablespoons of dough and roll them between the palms of your hands to form balls.
  9. Drop each ball, as soon as it is formed, into the nuts and shake the bowl to twirl the ball around, coating it well with the nuts. Place the nut-covered balls on ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
  10. Bake 8-12 minutes, or until bottoms are browned. For even baking, rotate the sheets from back to front halfway through the baking period.
  11. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar.
  12. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer.


Most Helpful

Wonderful little darlings these. A bit fragile, like a previous reviewer stated but nothing major. You just have to take a bit more care in the handling. A lovely cookie like you stated in your intro for the holiday time platters. I could really taste the lemon in these, but not overly so. Didn't have zest and so used 2 t. of juice. Only used 5 T. of poppyseeds which was plenty as I feel poppyseeds don't have alot of taste and are more for looks and a bit of crunch. I'll be making these again for giftgiving as they sure are cute:-). Made for the Photoforum Tag Game~

CoffeeB June 16, 2008

These have good flavor and were easy to make. I followed the recipe, except I forgot the refrigeration part, and they turned out well. I used a mini scoop to make the balls for added ease. I sent these in my cookie swap package. They are a little fragile so I hope they get there without turning to crumbs. :)Thanks Mikekey!

Alskann November 12, 2007

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