Poppy Striped Cookies

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These delicious shortbread striped cookies are created by alternating stripes of lemon and poppy pieces. For pinwheel variation, stack the two dough rectangles on top of each other, and roll up into a long cylinder as if you're making cinnamon rolls. They're buttery, melt-in-your-mouth, and fun to make.

Poppy Striped Cookies

adapted from Küchen Götter
  • 150 g All purpose flour
  • 100 g Cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 80 g White sugar
  • 1 tsp Lemon extract
  • 1 Egg
  • 50 g Ground poppy seeds
  • 1 Egg white
  1. Place flour, cold butter, white sugar, lemon extract and egg onto a work surface. Using a large knife and finely chop everything together. Divide the mixture into two.
  2. Quickly shape one half into the light-coloured dough. Mix another half with ground poppy seeds and press the mixture into the dark-coloured dough. Roll each dough into a 12-cm x 35-cm rectangle, about 3-mm thick.
  3. Brush one rectangle evenly with egg white and top with another dough. Cut the stacked dough into four 3-cmx35-cm strips. Brush the strips with egg white and stack one rectangle on top of the other, alternating light and poppy doughs to form a striped pattern. Wrap in plastic film. Chill an hour or until very firm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Prepare two baking trays with parchment papers. Carefully cut the stack into 1/2-cm thick slices. Place them on the prepared baking trays and bake for about 10 minutes. Cool on trays 5 minutes. Remove and cool cookies completely on wire racks.


Kristin 17/12/12 06:15

Yummy. They look great!

Vidya Chandrahas 17/12/12 06:20

Very interesting....this is new to me...sounds delicious.

Elin Chia 17/12/12 06:59

Angie...I have KIV this :) I have so much of the poppy seeds and I dont know what to do with them other than in cakes :) Thanks for sharing the recipe...lemon and poppy seeds goes well ")

QembarDelites 17/12/12 07:20

Something different and very pretty too!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 17/12/12 07:43

Lovely cookies! You always have great ideas.



Ana Regalado 17/12/12 08:30

Angie , those shortbread cookies look really good ! I just love the stripe design :)

kitchen flavours 17/12/12 08:51

What a lovely cookie! Would be great with some warm tea!

Blackswan 17/12/12 09:08

I'm back from my vacation & it's really nice to be greeted by desserts. Love layered cakes, reminds me of kueh lapis. Yum-yum!

Baltic Maid 17/12/12 09:21

I love poppy seeds. These cookies look incredibly delicious!

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself 17/12/12 11:08

Poppyseed in cookies is a perfect idea :)

Choc Chip Uru

Belinda 17/12/12 11:53

These are so fun and festive

Tiffany 17/12/12 12:09

This cookie is fun and sophisticated at the same time! LOVE.

Heather S-G 17/12/12 12:14

These are gorgeous, Angie. I've always wanted to make a cookie or pastry with a poppyseed layer. Just stunning.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 17/12/12 12:38

I love the stripe pattern. I believe you've created a very fashion conscious cookie. You always have the best idea Angie.

Alida 17/12/12 14:01

Yeah poppy seeds!I have never baked with these before and I love them! I tried them in Austria for the first time as in Italy they are more difficult to find.
Wonderful biscuits.

Emma | Fork and Good 17/12/12 14:21

these are gorgeous and a nice contrast! I love poppy seeds so I think this is actually going on my to bake list straight away!! xx

Priya Suresh 17/12/12 15:09

Very attractive ans super catchy cookies.

great-secret-of-life 17/12/12 15:45

very innovative cookies Angie.. Too tempting

Sweet Posy Dreams 17/12/12 15:47

These look so intriguing! I love poppy seeds. I'm definitely pinning this to try sometime.

Kitcheninspirations 17/12/12 16:42

Very traditional flavours for Hungarian Christmas baking, but I do like the twist you did on it in stripes. Sadly I am the only poppy seed lover in the family so I'd be making these just for me, and I'd rather not eat them all by myself! ;-)

wok with ray 17/12/12 16:52

The stripe looks beautiful on those cookies. They look like a wonderful Christmas treats. :)

Jennifer Kendall 17/12/12 17:47

i love the stripes!! and the lemon and poppy seed combination is delicious, such fabulous cookies!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 17/12/12 18:21

How interesting! Love the stripes and love lemon and poppy seeds too. Very nice post Angie - hope you're ready for Christmas!

RavieNomNoms 17/12/12 21:28

Those are great! I just made a recipe that I will be sharing on the blog this week with poppy seeds.

jasna varcakovic 17/12/12 21:46

LOVE anything with poppy seeds...Your cookies are very tempting!

Juliana 17/12/12 22:14

These cookies look so pretty Angie, I love the combination of lemon and poppy seeds...perfect for the Holidays.
Have a great week!

Norma Chang 17/12/12 23:20

Cool looking striped cookies, unusual indeed.

Rachana 17/12/12 23:23

These cookies look so good. Perfect for this festive season :-)

Velva 18/12/12 02:54

So pretty. Perfect for a holiday gift or a few with a good cup of coffee.

Happy holidays to you!


Reeni 18/12/12 03:49

What a unique cookie with that layer of poppy seeds Angie! They're beauties!

chow and chatter 18/12/12 04:43

these look great and you make it sound so easy :-)

Honey Bee Sweets 18/12/12 05:23

Interesting take on using poppy seeds to make shortbread cookies. Lovely!

Lisa 18/12/12 06:08

What a beautiful cookie! I adore poppy seeds in baked goods and these cookies are no exception..even if I test positive for Opium :P I definitely need to add to these to my cookie repertoire!

Richa 18/12/12 08:58

all those poppy seeds and the beautiful stripes.. i love poppy seeds in muffins and shortbreads! just perfect!

cakewhiz 18/12/12 09:33

you know i have a weakness for pretty cakes and cookies. these are so beautiful...i love those stripes. they remind me of zebras...lol :P

Jiah 18/12/12 11:08

Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm looks fabulous.

JasmyneTea 18/12/12 11:44

You have a way with shortbread! It looks amazing:)

Jasline (Foodie Baker) 18/12/12 13:54

Wow, these cookies look amazing and delicious!

Unknown 18/12/12 14:23

Another lovely cookie, Angie! I would have never thought to use poppy seeds like that... and I love the lemon/poppy combination! I bet these were scrumptious!

Kitchen Belleicious 18/12/12 14:30

oh i just love these! I am pinning them now. so creative and fun and they look delicious!

Amelia 18/12/12 14:55

Hi Angie, very tempting cookies. Nice layering, you're very creative.

Have a nice week ahead.

Nisa Homey 18/12/12 18:07

Love the stripes...so very unique...Angie, I love it...though I have never tried with poppy seeds...Merry Christmas in advance.

Koko 18/12/12 18:15

Lemon and poppyseed is such a great combination! They make a beautiful looking cookie!

Sue 18/12/12 18:45

I love poppy seeds and these sound like the perfect cookie to feature them:) They look so cute with the stripes...thanks, Angie!

Evelyne CulturEatz 18/12/12 19:31

Lemon and poppy is such a great combo, I love what you did with them here. So pretty.

My Kitchen Stories. 18/12/12 21:16

sdffAngie these look like a labour of love. I really like sesame seeds and these would be so nutty and textural. very nice

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 18/12/12 23:25

I've only had lemon & poppyseeds together in muffins, but putting them in cookies is a fabulous idea! So pretty. :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 18/12/12 23:59

Another fabulous poppy seed recipe, Angie! I love the striped layers but I'm sure the pinwheels would look beautiful too. I do love poppy seeds and lemon together!

Balvinder 19/12/12 01:52

Angie, I have never eaten poppy seeds cookies.They look and sound delicious with layers.

Gerry @Foodness Gracious 19/12/12 02:22

They look amazing, always a winner when I visit you :)

mjskit 19/12/12 06:56

What cute little cookies! I thought they would be harder to make, but your instructions don't sound so hard. thanks for such great instructions! I love poppy seed so I'm sure I would love these!

Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse 19/12/12 07:09

the poppy seeds strip make this cookies stand out a lot Angie! wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

MaryMoh 19/12/12 09:40

That looks so beautiful! At first I thought it's cake :D I would really love this with a cup of tea....mmmm

Mich Piece of Cake 19/12/12 10:50

Hi Angie, I would have loved this recipe... lemon and poppyseeds are my favourite when I was in the US... however, poppyseeds are banned locally now so I can't even get my hands on them. I'll just admire yours.

Cathy at Wives with Knives 19/12/12 14:24

Beautiful cookies, Angie. I love the poppy seed and lemon combo. These cookies would be so pretty on my holiday cookie plates.

Katerina 19/12/12 14:32

These are so fun! I love their strips!

Sokehah cheah 19/12/12 15:14

Simply awesome. Good way to make use of poppy seeds. Thanks for sharing!

Erica 19/12/12 15:23

Those cookies are beautiful,Angie! I love the stripes!I would to try them!

Joanne 19/12/12 15:36

Poppy seed desserts are some of my favorites. These are gorgeous!

Unknown 19/12/12 17:07

Love the layered look of your poppy striped cookies, I used to have a poppy seed grinder but I loaned it to a friend and never got it back! I can't even remember where I bought it but I used to make a cake with ground poppy seeds that was an Austrian recipe, I think.

MunatyCooking 19/12/12 18:06

Those cookies are beautiful, unfortunately poppy seeds are banned in my country :(

Anonymous 19/12/12 19:09

Oh, these are so fun and beautiful! And would be a very impressive dessert to bring to a Christmas party. :) Love the poppy seed and lemon combo.

Gloria Baker 19/12/12 19:39

aaahhhhh Angie I love poopy seeds in many things:) these look beauty and delicious!!xo

Swathi 20/12/12 00:06

Beautiful cookies Angie, I love this poppy striped cookies.

kankana 20/12/12 00:18

I am not a big fan of black poppy seeds but love how neatly the strip appeared on the cookies, making it look so pretty!

Cass @foodmyfriend 20/12/12 01:20

Damn, these would have been perfect for my Christmas cookie boxes. Next year!

Beth 20/12/12 03:00

Those are beautiful cookies, Angie, some of the loveliest I've seen. What an elegant addition to the cookie tray.

Amy (Savory Moments) 21/12/12 21:53

These are a very lovely and unique cookie! I love the stripes.

lena 23/12/12 03:06

these are unique and they must be so crunchy too!

The Squishy Monster 23/12/12 06:58

Gorgeous and delicious...I love your bowl of seeds =) Happy holidays to you and yours, Angie!!

Daniela Grimburg 23/12/12 16:31

I love sweets with Poppy Seeds and havn't baked in a while so this recipe is on my list for next years baking! Thank you for sharing.

Magic of Spice 24/12/12 00:14

These are just beautiful and I bet delicious!

JulieD 24/12/12 18:26

How cute!!! They look lovely and I'm sure they taste great! Hope you have a nice holiday! :D

grace 24/12/12 18:40

what a smart cookie idea! poppy seeds are so fun. :)
happy holidays, angie!

Martha 6/1/13 22:23

Stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year! I clicked on this particular post because I'm on the hunt for players with super bowl recipes for Tailgating Time over at my place - these would be great on the super bowl dessert buffet! Stop by and link up a few of your favorites when you have a chance and CHEERS to a Happy New Year! :)


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