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Poppy Seed Cookies

Updated: May 9

Nothing beats a bit of baking with the kids... especially when the outcome is these yummy cookies.

I love cooking with the kids. I find that when they get stuck in with me in the kitchen they are more amenable to then eating the food I give them. They helped me make cheese and spinach muffins for their baby sister the other day. Can I get them eat spinach normally? Not a chance!! But they devoured the muffins. So much for my plan of having a stash in the freezer for some quick weaning lunches.

But I don't want sugar to be a forbidden food as it simply makes them want it more! So we also do plenty of baking where they get to make cookies and muffins and pancakes. These are one of our favourites. The kids love them because they are tasty. I love them because they are lower in sugar than cookies you'd find in your local bakery or supermarket. They store pretty well too. They don't last long enough to test out if they would freeze well but I'm pretty sure they would!

poppy seed cookies

Poppy seeds add a little hit of fibre, healthy fats and calcium

These can easily be made gluten free by swapping the flour for a gluten free flour and dairy free by swapping the butter for a dairy free alternative. I use coconut sugar, but because I like the taste not because it's 'healthier'. At the end of the day sugar in all forms (coconut, honey, brown sugar, fruit puree) is sugar. If you don't have this then you could use light muscovado or light brown sugar instead.


Servings: 20 cookies

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 350g wholemeal flour

  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 60g coconut sugar

  • 60g honey

  • 125g unsalted butter

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 10g poppy seeds

  • 2 lemons

  • 1 free range egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C (fan) and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper

  2. Combine flour, bicarbonate of soda, sugar, cinnamon and poppy seeds in a mixing bowl

  3. Grate the zest of both lemons and add to the bowl

  4. In a small pan melt the butter and honey over a low heat then stir it into the dry ingredients

  5. Beat the egg then add to the mixture and stir to combine well

  6. Use your hands to make sure all the ingredients are mixed in well and combine them all into one big ball of cookie dough

  7. Take a small portion of dough (about 1tsp size) and roll it into a ball in your hands before placing on the baking tray and gently flattening down.

  8. Repeat until all the dough has been used up. This should make around 20 cookies.

  9. Bake for around 15 minutes until they are golden

  10. Leave them to cool (if you can resist!) and then enjoy

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