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Lemon and Poppy Seed Olive Oil Cookies

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“A delightful cookie, moist on the inside and crisp on the outside. They have a nice bright, lemon flavor with a little crunch from the poppy seeds. You don't have to use the most expensive olive oil, but do use a good flavored extra virgin one. For my vegan friends, this recipe can be easily made without any eggs (see instructions in the recipe).”
12-16 cookies

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, poppy seeds, salt, and 1/3 cup sugar) and whisk together.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs (or egg substitute) with the olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon rind.
  4. Use a rubber spatula to stir the liquid mixture into the dry one, just until well combined; if the mixture is a little dry, add a little more lemon juice.
  5. Put a few tablespoons of sugar in a flat dish.
  6. Pinch off pieces of dough (about the size of a rounded teaspoon) and roll gently into balls. Put balls into sugar and press down slightly to make a thick disk.
  7. Place sugared cookie disk onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  8. Cool a couple of minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove the cookies to a rack to cool further.
  9. Note: Instead of eggs, use 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds (i.e., flax meal) simmered in 6 tablespoons of water for a few minutes until thick and the consistency of raw eggs.

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