To me, the most important thing about a Christmas cookie is its taste. By their nature, I think most Christmas cookies look festive and yummy. And I love that! I want my cookies to look as good as they taste. Yet making an impressive looking cookie has never been a high priority to me.
But when you combine a super-yummy cookie with an impressive finished product, I’m all for that! When that impressive presentation is really easy to get, well then so much the better. These Lemon Poppy Seed Spirals always look so beautifully impressive. They’re buttery with a light flavor from the lemon and poppy seeds. And best of all, they really are very easy to put together.
Lemon Poppy Seed Spirals
- 1 c. butter, softened
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 1 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 egg
- 2 2/3 c. flour
- 1/4 t. baking powder
- 1/8 t. salt
- 3 T. poppy seeds
- 1 T. freshly grated lemon peel
1. Beat together butter, sugar and lemon juice in a mixing bowl until creamy and light, about 3 minutes. Add egg and beat an additional minute.
2. Pour flour, baking powder and salt into mixing bowl and beat until well combined.
3. Divide dough in half. Set aside one half. Leave the remaining half in the mixing bowl and beat in the poppy seeds and lemon peel.
4. On a lightly floured surface, roll both halves of the dough into rectangles that are roughly the same size. Place the poppy seed dough on top of the plain dough. Trim off any excess dough. Gently press the doughs together with your hands or a rolling pin.
5. Starting from one of the long sides, tightly roll up the doughs in a jelly-roll style. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours.
6. Cut the dough into 1/4 inch cookies with a sharp knife.
7. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until the edges and bottoms are very lightly browned and the cookies are firm. Cool on a wire rack.
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