On almost any given day, if you ask my husband what kind of cookies I should bake, it will be a cake cookie. He absolutely loves a soft, chewy cookie versus a crunchy one and will always try to steer me in that direction. But sometimes I just feel like trying something new. I don’t discriminate when it comes to cookies. As long as they are good, I love them. Last week I’m so glad that I didn’t ask him because I found these awesome slice and bake lemon poppy seed cookies. While they do take a bit of planning because of the chill time, they are definitely worth the wait. And since you just need to slice them, they are super simple to bake up. I made several changes to the recipe and love how they turned out!
If you like a cooking that is slightly crunchy around the edges and perfect for dunking in your coffee or tea, this cookie is for you.
inspired by Lemon Poppy Seed Slices from Taste of Home
1 and 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon whole or 2% milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup poppy seeds
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar for two minutes or until fluffy. Beat in egg, milk, lemon juice, zest and extract.
In separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture and mix well.
Stir in poppy seeds.
Shape into two logs that are 8 inches long. Wrap separately in plastic wrap. Refrigerate or freeze until firm. (Approximately three hours in the refridgerator.)
Preheat oven to 350°.
Unwrap dough and cut into 1/3-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheets line with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets. (Ungreased will work too.)
Bake 8-12 minutes or until edges are golden. (If you want a chewier cookie, use the lower end of that baking time and remove before edges are golden.)
Cool a minute before removing to wire racks. Cool completely.
Yield- 4 to 5 dozen, depending upon thickness of slices.
I baked these for two different lengths of time. The first I baked for almost 9 minutes and got a nice and chewy cookie. The second I baked for almost 11 minutes and got a cookie that was soft in the middle but had a slight crunch around the edges. It also had a beautifully golden bottom. The crunchier cookie worked better with dunking but both tasted great.
I ended up baking one of the cookie rolls the same day and the other I froze for a few days and baked up when my family begged for more. I couldn’t tell a difference. This is a great cookie for making ahead of time.
In the end, my family couldn’t keep their hands off these cookies. My husband raved about them, even to people he works with. He tried to convince me to make more so he could take them to work. He found these cookies to be a nice change of pace and very refreshing.
Give them a try and let me know what you think!