Lemon & Poppy Seed Cookies

All roads lead to Shillong now for what has been termed the Happiest (?) Music Festival! It’s the Bacardi NH7 Weekender. After its spectacular success last year, Shillong is all geared up to host this year’s festival too. It’s my knee that’s keeping me home. The line-up also includes my younger son with his band. He has been performing at this festival in different parts of the country for a few years now. Sadly, he’ll get to stay home only for a day but I have already started baking. There’s usually a stream of visitors and everybody loves to gorge on home-made stuff. So here’s my first load of cookies…
Not the best looking but taste-wise, not bad at all! The recipe has been adapted from an old magazine.

Ingredients: Makes 24 cookies
1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
200 grams table margarine (you could use butter)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup caster sugar
1 egg beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon zest, freshly grated
2 tbsp poppy seeds

Pour the lemon juice in a pan and bring it to a simmer. Let it reduce a bit.
Add half of the butter to the pan and let it melt. Set aside.
Mix the flour, baking powder and the salt in a bowl. Cream the rest of the butter with the sugar. I used my hand whisk. Mix in the egg and the lemon-butter. Mix till it is pale in colour.
Add the vanilla and the lemon zest. Add the flour mixture and the poppy seeds.
Mix well.
Take out bits of the dough to form walnut-sized balls.
Flatten the balls and place them on a lined baking tray, leaving a bit of space in between.
Flatten the cookie balls with the help of a glass bottom.
Bake in a 170C preheated oven for 15 minutes.
Remove and cool completely before storing
These will last for a week in an airtight container.

You could use more poppy seeds and lemon zest if you want to roll the cookies in before they go into the oven. More zest in them cookies!;)
The slight tang from the lemon and the crunch from the poppy seeds is a very good combination. I am sure they’ll disappear very fast indeed.

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