Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Being vegan doesn’t mean there is no indulgence. Craving for a snack one evening, I came across these cookies. They were originally shortbread, but I reduced the fat almost by half and made them into cookies. I love lemon poppy seed muffins, no wonder I loved these cookies too. Lemon in cookies is very interesting and the poppy seeds are mildly crunchy at the back of your mouth. These cookies are a keeper.

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Ingredients

Unbleached all purpose flour – 1 cup
Poppy seeds – 1½ tbsp
Corn flour – 1½ tbsp
Nutmeg – 1/8 tsp
Salt – 1/8 tsp
Margarine – 5 tbsp
Sugar – 1/3 cup
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Lemon zest – 1 tbsp
Vanilla – 1 tsp
Water – 3 tbsp

Method

Preheat the oven to 375F. Mix flour, poppy seeds, corn flour, nutmeg and salt together. In a separate bowl, cream margarine, sugar, lemon juice, zest and vanilla together. Add the flour mixture to the margarine mixture and mix lightly. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of water at a time and knead very lightly till the dough comes together. Don’t add water more than necessary.

Line a baking sheet with silicone sheet or spray with a nonstick spray. Pinch a tbsp of dough, form a ball and lightly press flat. Bake until the edges are lightly brown, about 18-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and store in an air tight container. This yields about 13 cookies. Recipe adapted from Tassajara.

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

47 comments:

KayKat said...

Wow! These pictures are fabulous! I never cease to be amazed :)

And the cookies look so moist and crunchy! I'm a big fan of poppyseeds.

Ok, Suganya, just ship a box of these my way! :)

Rachna said...

hmm my comment got gobbled up.... i was saying yummy looking cookies :)

Andaliman said...

It does look soo good

sunita said...

Suganya, the poppy seeds must have added that wonderful crackle...love those cookies...beautiful pictures.

Nags said...

wow, lovely colours.. i have never tasted poppy seeds in anything. looks yummy!

Nandita said...

Those cookies look delicious and the sight of poppy seeds dotting a baked goodie is always lovely - will surely try this out!

The soba noodles pic is outstanding so are the croquettes - just want to eat them off the screen - sorry I haven't been able to leave comments earlier coz of my very slow net connection - using another machine today and hence grabbing the opportunity to say hello :)

Kalva said...

Amazing pics! They look so delicious bet they tasted even better!!

Happy cook said...

Cookies looks so good that i also want them. If you ship to kaykat ship for me too :-)

indosungod said...

Looks perfect Suganya.

Being Vegan is not an easy feet atleast for me, but ready for the challenge, I am trying to watch of all the dishes I cook regularly which will qualify as vegan.

Asha said...

Cookies are plump and I love them that way. Good one Suganya!:)

Sandeepa said...

Wow you are a serious Vegan and you even do hard work for it. Kudos to you

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks great asusual suganyaa!!

Seema said...

Suganya, gorgeous picture as always and I have bookmarked the recipe. I am sure it will go well with any kid of hot drink.

Bharathy said...

LOL...seems we are exchanging cauliflower and cookies very recently..

Cookies look soooo soo yummy.Love the way you've sprinked poppy seeds!!

Laavanya said...

i love the flavor of lemons.... the black poppy seeds make it look so pretty.

Madhu said...

Poppy seeds looks so pretty..

Suganya said...

Sure Kaykat, send me the address :)

Message well received, Rachna.

Thanks Andaliman.

It did Sunita. It was not crunchy as in crunchy. But after you have swallowed, some the seeds linger in your mouth, and I popped each one of them for sometime.

Nags, Poppy seeds are khuskhus. They are black here.

Nandita, I perfectly understand. Thank you for your visit here, even with all your constraints. Appreciate it. Hello back at ya :).

I am planning to make another double batch, Kalva. They were that good.

ISG, Keep your eyes open. I am sure all of us have vegan recipes. We just dont realise it.

Thank you Asha.

After so many healthy vegetables, the monkey in the mind starts asking for something not so healthy. This is to keep me motivated.

Thanks Raks.

Do try Seema. You will definitely like it.

I saw your brilliant creation using corn flakes. What extent you have to go to satisfy yr sister. Am sure she would have been proud with yr entry.

Lemon and poppy seeds are meant to be, Laavanya ;).

Thank you Madhu.

Alpa said...

Your cookies look delicious! Thanks for taking a minute to visit me :)

DEEPA said...

excellent pic ....i think i need to have some kind of class from you with regard to taking pics ....lady just awesome ...cookies are very yummy

Lucy said...

I am somewhat addicted to that combination too! Right, I have everything I need to make them tonight. Thanks!

Carrie said...

Those really look excellent!!!! I could easily make those cookies gluten-free! Thanks for sharing this great looking recipe!!

Puspha said...

Looks yummilicious!!!!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

lovely recipe!!! and gr8 pictures as always!

Menu Today said...

Hi,
Fabulous looking cookies:-)

Nupur said...

Those look delicious! I have never used margarine...will have to look for some good brand that is also trans-fat free.

Susan said...

A butter-free "shortbread" is a challenge that you have pulled off beautifully, Suganya. Even w/o the heavy-handed fat, you have created a nice crumble of a cookie. I love lemon and poppy seeds, too.

Tartelette said...

Love poppy seeds, love lemons, love cookies...do you think I'll make these...heck Yeah!!! Love the blue contrasting so sharply with the cookies. Great shots and great recipe!

Srivalli said...

Suganya...the pictures are great...so wonderful..feel like they might come out of the monitor!

sagari said...

pics are wonderfulllll and cookis look soo yummyyyy and soft

remya said...

lovely pics...just like these cookies...love the poppy seeds in it....yummm

Suganya said...

My pleasure, Alpa.

I am not sure I will be good teacher :D. But I would be glad to be of help.

Sure, let me know, Lucy.

I did visit your blog, Carrie. You are doing a great job for people with special dietary needs.

Thank you Pushpa, MT, Ramya.

Nupur, Trans-fat free is available in the markets. Try spreads.

The original texture would have been moist and soft. But this was crumbly. And I am happy with that. I don't want 1 cup of margarine in a dozen cookies :). BTW, your picture is not displayed here.

Helen, Pls pls do try. And don't forget to click. I am sure you will paint a prettier picture, you 'Good Looking' Lady ;).
I had bought the blue b/g, but it was very tricky to use them in any shot. Even this pic was originally shot in gray. Then a brainwave, i swapped the b/g and it was perfect. Anita from Dessert First is very smart with blue. She is my inspiration.

Go ahead Srivalli, Grab 'em. I don't mind ;)

Thank you Sagari and Remya.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

wow.....Great looking cookies dear :-))
YUMMM :-)
Please don't mind If I don't comment the next few months as I would terribly busy with my academic work......Hope u understand dear....I will be back in no time :-)

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Sig said...

Love the blue on those pics Suganya... and I am a big fan of lemon poppy seed muffins too... so I am sure these will be yummy!

Cynthia said...

I want mine with some chai :)

Pravs said...

nice picture.Have not tasted cookie with lemon and poppy.

nicisme said...

Wow! Gorgeous cookies and fab photo!

Ginger said...

Hi Suganya,
You have an amazing blog. All your recipes and photos are spectacular.

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

deadly snaps, sughanya, as usual...

musical said...

I love these pictures! and am glad that you blogged about vegan cookies-great for people like me who don't use eggs! Love the pictures, especially the second one, the cookies look so yummy and crumbly!

sagari said...

hi suganya this is sagari here actually i am new to this blogging if u dontmine can u tell me which software u use for photos because u have a wonderfull photos in your blog and those cookies lookkkk sooooo good

Suganya said...

Sirisha, Not at all. Take your time. All the best.

I love the blue too, Sig :).

Chai, coffee, hot chocolate. I had it with all of 'em. Tastes good every time.

You are bound to love it, Pravs.

Thanks Nicisme.

Thank you for your compliments, Ginger.

Deadly?? I'll take that as a compliment, Kitchen Scientist ;)

Glad to be of help, Musical.

Sagari, I use Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Tjis recipe is bookmarked suganya! :) Looks yummy!

skrockodile said...

Lovely photos. I saw your photo in this month's dmblgit gallery - glad I stopped by for more!

katiebake said...

Um. These were awful, unfortunately. Like others before me, I had high hopes. That were shattered tragically. Dont waste your time, and your poppy seeds.

Anonymous said...

Um you do know most margarines are not vegan?

Mayuri said...

Tried the cookies and they turned out awesome.
This recipe is a keeper for sure.
My husband and me are a fan of lemon poppy seed cake so these cookies fit just right into our taste buds.

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