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Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread Cookies

These Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread Cookies are your favorite breakfast muffin baked to perfection...cookie style!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time54 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 42 servings
Calories: 68kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 4 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. poppyseeds
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place rack in middle of oven. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and confectioners' sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add lemon zest and vanilla and beat until combined.

  • Add the flour, poppyseeds and salt and beat until just combined. Do not overmix. Form the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes. 
  • Remove from fridge and place on lightly floured surface. Roll dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch round cookie cutter. Transfer to prepared sheets placing 1 inch apart.  Place sheets in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from refrigerator and bake, one sheet at a time, for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack over a piece of parchment to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough until you've used it all.


Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg