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poppy seed cookies on baking sheet

Poppy Seed Cookies

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 Minutes
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 36 Cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies/Bars
  • Cuisine: Jewish


Poppy seed cookies or Mohn cookies are traditional for Purim. I just discovered this simple drop cookie and am so happy I did!


Units Scale

1 c poppy seeds (do not need to be ground)

1/2 c milk, warmed

1/2 c unsalted butter

1/2 sugar

1 t vanilla extract

1 1/4 c all-purpose flour

1 t baking powder (1/2 t at altitude)

1/2 t cinnamon

Pinch of salt

1/2 c raisins or currants

1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 c chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Soak poppy seeds in warm milk. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until light in color. Add vanilla extract.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add to the butter mixture and beat.

Stir in poppy seeds and milk, raisins or currants, chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop by scant tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets. Bake about 16 minutes or until light golden on the bottom.

Store in zip-lock bags or an airtight container.



Thanks to A Taste of Brandeis from at least 40 years ago.