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Press dough into a 11×7-inch baking pan. Pierce entire surface with a fork to prevent the dough from rising during baking.

Take buttery shortbread cookies to another level by adding delicious and nutritious poppy seeds.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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Combine flour, butter, confectioners’ sugar, poppy seeds, vanilla extract, and salt in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to combine. Dough will be dry and crumbly.

Bake in the preheated oven until edges start to turn slightly brown, 30 to 40 minutes.


Remove shortbread from pan and cut into 12 equal-sized bars while still warm. Place on a wire rack to cool.

Shortbread seeds

These are the perfect complement to your morning or afternoon cup of tea or coffee. They’re not overly sweet, which is one of the things I love about them.

I know cutout cookies are a bit more time consuming than drop cookies, but these only require a handful of ingredients and are quite easy to whip up.

A Few Cook’s Notes for Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread Cookies Recipe:

So I decided, why not make my favorite muffin into a buttery, poppyseed-packed, lemony shortbread cookie?

I also love all kinds of muffins. With lemon poppyseed on my list of top five favorites.

I like to bake my cookies one sheet at a time. You can keep the other sheet in the refrigerator while the other tray is baking.

Shortbread seeds

The higher fat content from the butter makes these cookies very rich and tender. Shortbread cookies have a distinct delicious buttery taste you’re going to love and crave!

Shortbread cookies are typically a combination of roughly 1 part sugar, 2 parts butter and 3-4 parts flour. There are no eggs or leaveners like baking powder or baking soda. I’ve added lemon zest, vanilla, and poppy seeds for flavor.

These lemon poppy seed shortbread cookies with lemon icing have plenty of bright citrus flavor and a great buttery texture.

How to make lemon shortbread cookies

This recipe was originally created for Go Bold With Butter.

Note: The icing will not completely harden so these cookies aren’t stackable. They’re still completely delicious without the icing though, if that works better for you!

Shortbread cookie tips

Let’s get baking, shall we? Here’s what you’ll need to get started (full recipe below):

Plus, if you love lemon desserts (like I do), you have to try these cookies! They’re very lemony, with an additional subtle flavor and crunch from the poppy seeds. Lemon + poppy seeds is a classic combination for good reason.