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Poppy Seed Biscuit Recipe

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Last Updated on January 5, 2022

Delicious lemon and poppy seed biscuit recipe

Lemon, either the juice or the zest is always a delightful addition to any recipe.  The flavor is intense and if you want that without the addition of extra liquid, lemon zest is the answer.  This recipe uses both the juice and the zest for an intense lemon experience and poppy seeds add texture.


  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest (2 to 3 lemons)
  • 250g unsalted butter or margarine
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, plus more for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C . Bring lemon juice to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook until reduced by half. Add half the  butter; stir until melted.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream remaining butter and 1 cup sugar on medium speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix in egg and lemon butter. Mix until pale, about 3 minutes. Mix in vanilla and 2 teaspoons zest. Mix in flour mixture and poppy seeds.
  3. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons zest. Roll spoonful’s of dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; roll them in sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Press each with the flat end of a glass dipped in sugar mixture until 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with seeds.
  4. Bake until just browned around bottom edges, 10 to 11 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; let cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.
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