Orange Poppy Seed Cookies

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Do you like lemon poppy seed cookies? Then you'll love these orange poppyseed cookies, flavored with fresh orange zest and poppy seeds.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Please welcome guest author Garrett McCord who brought these cookies over today. They lasted about a second and a half. ~Elise

When these orange poppy seed cookies bake, it’s culinary aromatherapy.

The bright orangey flavors with the slightly citric and nutty, textural pop of poppy seeds make these cookies taste like bursts of sunshine itself!

The cookies are easy to put together. They’re light and delicate, yet packed with flavor. Perfect for cookie-loving kids, yet still perfectly suitable for bridal parties, baby showers, or other lighthearted events.

Feel free to switch out orange for lemon if you want something a bit more reminiscent of the classic lemon poppy seed muffin.

If you do decide to use lemon, try switching out the poppy seeds for a teaspoon of ground coriander and add it with the rest of the dry ingredients for a more Mediterranean, slightly savory cookie.

Orange Poppy Seed Cookies Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies


  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon of orange zest
  • 1 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds


1 Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

2 Add the egg and the orange zest, beat for thirty seconds, scraping down the bowl part way through to ensure even mixing.

3 In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly sift it into the butter mixture until just combined. Fold in the poppy seeds.

4 Place heaping teaspoonfuls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat, allowing them space as they will spread as they bake.

5 Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes or until just turning golden around the edges. Remove from oven. Let sit on the baking sheet for a minute or two to let the cookies solidify a bit, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Orange Poppy Seed Cookies

Garrett McCord

Garrett McCord is a professional writer and recipe developer whose work has appeared in many print and online publications such as Gourmet Live, Saveur, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, and NPR. Past clients also include numerous food companies, wineries, and distilleries. Garrett writes about cocktails on his website, Coupe de Grace.

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  1. Megan

    my cookies weren’t spreading as much, instead it was rising upwards like a dome shape!! help!!

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  2. cindy

    Made these today for x-mas gifts and they are wonderful. Next time I will try rolling them in orange sugar before baking for that holiday sparkle. :)

  3. Regina

    Instant favorite.

  4. Christine

    How long will these keep? I have a shower this weekend and wanted to know how far in advance I could make them/best ways to store them. I love these cookies – they are always a hit :) But I usually make them a night or two before. This time I’d like to get ahead as much as possible. Advice? Thanks!

    I would make the dough and freeze it, then just bake them the day of. Fresh cookies can also be frozen. ~Garrett

  5. Katie

    These cookies will not disappoint you if you make them. Very light and tasty. I originally made them for as a fundraiser for cancer research with a plate of samples for people to try along with a little print out of the recipe (and your website link noted) attached to the little packages. They sold out! A lot of compliments!


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