Lemon Poppyseed Biscuits/Cookies

Lemon Poppyseed Biscuits/Cookies | Gather and Graze

The lemons in our garden are still a deep shade of green, but having almost reached a mature size, I catch myself daydreaming about what to do with them all once fully ripe. These lemon and poppyseed biscuits/cookies are a wonderful way of utilising some of the zest, while at the same time creating a beautiful, little treat to pair nicely with a cup of tea or coffee.

Other ideas for making the most of lemons, can be found by linking through to this post celebrating lemons, with four easy lemon recipes or perhaps I can tempt you with a scoop or two of the delicious sticky lemon pudding recipe post here.

Of course, if you only have oranges or limes on hand, feel free to substitute… any citrus will do!

Lemon Poppyseed Biscuits/Cookies | Gather and Graze

  • Servings: Makes approx 24 Small Biscuits/Cookies
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 125g (½ Cup) Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 80g (⅓ Cup) Raw Caster Sugar
  • (2 Tbsp) Zest of 2 Large Lemons
  • 5g (1½ tsp) Poppy Seeds
  • 190g (1¼ Cups) Plain/All-Purpose Flour (sifted)
  • Pinch of Sea Salt


Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F and line 2 baking trays with baking/parchment paper.

Lemon Poppyseed Biscuits/Cookies | Gather and Graze

In an electric mixer, beat together the softened butter and sugar, until light and fluffy. Stir in the lemon zest and poppy seeds, followed by the sifted flour and salt (in 2-3 lots).

Take teaspoonfuls of the mixture and form into disc shapes. Place on the baking tray (leaving a little room between each biscuit) and press down gently on the tops with a fork to create a pattern.

Lemon Poppyseed Biscuits/Cookies | Gather and Graze

Bake for approximately 10 minutes, until ever-so-slightly golden around the edges.

Allow the biscuits to cool on the tray for 5 minutes, before removing to a cooling rack.

Lemon Poppyseed Biscuits/Cookies | Gather and Graze

Be sure to cool completely before serving. This may be a test of patience and self-restraint, but I felt that the texture and taste continued to improve even further if you’re able to let them sit for another hour or so.

Lemon Poppyseed Biscuits/Cookies | Gather and Graze


An excellent idea is to make up a double batch of these biscuits/cookies and freeze half of the mixture to bake on another day. Form the left-over half into a log shape and wrap it up in grease-proof or baking paper, then pop it into a freezer/ziploc bag to store. It will be ready then to simply defrost and slice into rounds to bake as required.


19 thoughts on “Lemon Poppyseed Biscuits/Cookies

  1. Sandra Sweet Streets

    These look and sound amazing and I am going to try today. In Greece we have lots of lemons so I am always looking for ideas what to do with them. Your photos are gorgeous too.

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      I’d some to you if I could Stefan! 🙂 It’s such a useful (and lovely) plant to have in the garden… the leaves suffer a bit through the frosty mornings of winter and turn a little yellow, but regenerate again thankfully in the spring.

        1. Gather and Graze Post author

          I have a little potted Kaffir Lime in the garden, which I use regularly. The leaves are beautifully fragrant and great, very finely sliced, to go into curries and marinades etc. I’ve never used lemon leaves before… might do a google search to see if anyone suggests it. 🙂

  2. mawarre

    These look absolutely delicious – would you believe it I have a plate with the exact pattern of your cloth! I too love lemons as a flavour and they go so well with poppy seeds. Putting this on next weekend’s baking list. margaret

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks so very much Margaret! How amazing that you have the same pattern on a plate… I’ve been racking my brain to remember where the serviettes came from, but unfortunately to no avail. One of those impulse purchases on seeing the gorgeous colours and pattern! Hope very much that you enjoy the biscuits as much as we did. 🙂

  3. Angie | Fiesta Friday

    Margot! We sort of lost each other, but now no longer, how happy I am! The cookies look pretty. Maybe you can bring them to the Fiesta. Yes, it’s still on. Some of the ol gang are still around, they’ll be happy to see you 😄

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Hi dear Angie! I’ve been getting back into the groove of blogging over the past month… after an 18!!! month hiatus! My husband was working overseas for most of that time and unfortunately G&G just needed to be set aside for a while (well… a long while actually!) Great to be back though and SO happy to see that your Fiestas are still very much the place to party! 🙂 Well done you! M.xx


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