LiveSTRONG with Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

In case you weren’t aware, LiveSTRONG Day is coming up on October 2.  I have been looking forward to the LiveSTRONG with a Taste of Yellow Food blog event since the last time I participated.  Then, wouldn’t you know it – I spaced the deadline!  Thankfully, the wonderful hostess Barbara was kind enough to cut me some slack and let me submit my late entry anyway.  Depending on how long you have been reading the blog, you may or may not know how deeply my life has been touched (punched? kicked?) by cancer.  I won’t reiterate the whole entire story in this post, but you can read about it in my last LiveSTRONG entry.  As a cancer survivor and a physician who deals with cancer diagnoses on a daily basis, I obviously think this is an extremely important cause.  So show your support for cancer awareness by doing a self exam, making an appointment for cancer screening (mammogram, Pap smear, colonoscopy, prostate exam, etc.), encourage your friends and family to do the same, volunteer, make a donation, say a prayer or send good vibes.  Whatever you do, please take a moment to think about what you can do to make a difference.

When life gives you cancer, you have to suck it up and deal with it because you have no other option.  But, when life gives you lemons I say – make lemon poppy seed cookies!  I have a major thing for lemon poppy seed, what can I say?  Even our wedding cake was lemon poppy seed!  So you can imagine my excitement when I saw a recipe for finding yet another way to enjoy the lemon poppy seed combo.  It is no surprise that these cookies are fantastic.  With the use of a cookie dough scoop, they are beautifully shaped round domes of tender, lemony cookie with a nice sweet glaze on top.  I could eat a whole plate full – and I just might 🙂

Other wonderful lemon poppy seed treats:
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake
Lemon Poppy Seed Cakes with Lemon Mousse
Lemon Poppy Seed Cakes with Raspberry Curd Filling

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies
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Yield: 18-24 cookies
For the cookies:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. poppy seeds
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. lemon zest
1 large egg

For the glaze:
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds.  Set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Mix in the lemon zest and egg until blended.  Mix in the dry ingredients on low speed just until incorporated.

Drop balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 9-11 minutes or until cookies are set and just beginning to brown at the edges (do not let the tops brown).  Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack set over wax paper to cool a bit before glazing.

To make the glaze, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.  Add more lemon juice if necessary, just until the glaze has reached a consistency good for drizzling over the cookies.  Glaze the cookies and let the glaze set before serving.  Store in an airtight container.

Source: adapted from Baking Bites

21 Responses

  1. Looks super simple and delish! Love lemon poppyseed!

  2. LOOOVE lemon-poppy seed baked goods. Awesome treat in honor of LiveSTRONG Day!

  3. Annie, your stories are truly touching and heart-felt. I am so inspired by your strength and courage. You are a great example of how in certain circumstances one can overcome a cancer diagnosis and go on to live a full life. This event is a great way to raise awareness and promote the practice of cancer screening, given that early detection is the key in my opinion.

    Your cookies are beautiful! Lemon poppyseed is one of my favorite flavors as well.

  4. I love lemon poppy seed too! These look just like the tops of muffins.

    Okay, I am terrible about remembering to do self-exams, but I’ll try to do it today!

  5. I just whipped these up after reading your blog…they are superb!! Love the flavor, texture, etc. They were amazingly quick to make & next time will double the recipe. You do such an amazing job on your blog…thanks for taking the time to post these recipes!

  6. Oh my gosh, I had no idea how much you’ve been through! What a story….you have so much courage! These cookies look fantastic – and what a great purpose they serve!!!

  7. You are an inspiration, Annie. Thank you. And the lemon, poppy seed cookies sound divine!

  8. I just read your story from last year and I’m truly inspired by both posts. You are such a strong survivor and these recipes are a lovely tribute. Everyone knows somehow who has been affected by cancer, it’s so sad.

  9. What a touching story, thank you so much for sharing with the rest of us. You’re such an inspiration! And those treats look delicious!

  10. These cookies look awesome!! My husband is also a survivor. He had a kidney transplant 10 years ago at the age of 26. Two years ago he was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma. They say he most likely got it from his anti-rejection medicine for his kidney. He fought hard and beat it. Your blog is awesome. I see people making your recipes all over the blogosphere. God bless!!!!

  11. You are such an amazing and strong person! So inspiring to many!
    What a lovely tribute these cookies are!

  12. These look great! I’m so happy I learned about the LiveSTRONG taste of yellow food challenge. My boyfriends father was recently diagnosed with cancer I want to do all I can to support him and other who are dealing with cancer.

  13. Congratulations on another year free of cancer annie. Thank you for your support with this insightful post and delicious cookies.

  14. Thank you for sharing your story so that others can learn and have strength. Amazing approach to the situation.

    I love lemon and I love poppy seed. I have never seen the two together in a cookie! I will be tasting them soon. Thank you!

  15. These cookies look amazing! Great entry. I am bummed that I missed this event–I participated last year and it was a lot of fun. Need to pay better attention for next year.

  16. I literally feel your pain. I was diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor when I was 9 years old. I had the sheer horror of living through the diagnosis of Non-Hodgkins’ Lymphoma of my 4 year old little girl. You would think the odds would eventually work in your favor. She’s been off treatment for a year and I refuse to think of chemo related cancers, I just want her to stay in remission forever.
    Good for you. We are strong supporters of any cancer related foundation.

  17. Lemon poppyseed it one of my all-time fav taste combos–can’t wait to try these! Thanks! 🙂

  18. I just read your post from last year. Lovely pictures of your family. You have certainly endured MORE than your fair share. Here’s to finding a cure….

    And, these cookies look yummy! 🙂

  19. Annie love your blog! I am a breast cancer survivor and appreciate you sharing your story.

    Life goes on!


    P.S. You are right, there is no longer bad hair days!

  20. I absolutely love anything lemon poppy seed and these cookies sound delicious. I can’t wait to make them tonight!

  21. Just made these cookie’s and they are delicious! I can’t wait to bring them to work tomorrow to share them with everyone. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your story.

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