lemon poppy seed cookie recipeTonight is our last night in Sacramento.  Tomorrow, we begin a new adventure.  This one takes us to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  My husband is going to an Army school and we will be in Kansas just shy of one year.  Tomorrow afternoon, we head out on the road and start our trip back East.  We have a few stops planned.  Salt Lake City, Cheyenne, Boulder, Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, The Oz Museum, and whatever else strikes our fancy. If you have any suggestions on restaurants, stops, things that we need to see, please let me know in the comments or send me an email.

This move is a bittersweet one.  We loved living in Sacramento.  The friends that we have made here are like none other.  They really, truly, adopted us and made us family.  For a military family that has no relatives around, you cannot imagine how important and appreciated that is.  My children went to a great schools, and we will miss the communities that we were a part of.  I love my house and am sad to leave it, a little solace is that a new family will live in it, a family that we know will be as happy as we were.  Sacramento itself is a wonderful place to live.  The right size.  Lots to do.  Lots to see.  Close to San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Napa, Sonoma.  Great restaurants, farmers markets, people.  Truly, the only thing that I do not like about living in Sacramento is that it is 3,000 miles away from my family.  And this is where the bittersweet lies.  We will be that much closer to our families, and in another year, a few short hours away.

So many wonderful and sorrowful things have happened to us since moving here.  We are leaving better people, a stronger (and larger) family, more focused, more creative, and more appreciative of everything that we have.

Thank you Sacramento, it has been a gift to have gotten to know you.

tower bridge sacramentoThe view from my hotel room, the Tower Bridge in Old Sacramento.

I will be blogging from the road, so you can expect to find new recipes all month long.  If you would like to read more about our adventure, follow along on my personal blog.

These Lemon Poppy Seed cookies are from my friend Diane, at Created by Diane.  They are supposed to look like the California Poppy, which happens to be the California state flower.

lemon poppy seed cookie recipe2 sticks (1 cup) butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons Lemon Bakers Emulsion or lemon extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 3/4 to 3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons poppy seeds

lemon poppy seed cookie recipeCream together the butter and confectioners sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the lemon emulsion and the vanilla.  Add the egg.

lemon poppy seed cookie recipeSift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the poppy seeds to the bowl.

lemon poppy seed cookie recipeAdd the flour mixture one cupful at a time.  When the dough forms a ball, you have enough flour.  Put the dough in plastic wrap or parchment and chill for one hour.

lemon poppy seed cookie recipeRoll the dough out on a floured board.  Cut out using your favorite cookie cutter.  Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 7-8 minutes.  Cool on a rack.

lemon poppy seed cookie recipeFor the glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
2 to 3 Tablespoons water
1 teaspoon lemon extract
gel food coloring

lemon poppy seed cookie recipeSeparate the glaze and color them the colors you want.

lemon poppy seed cookie recipeOutline the cookies with the glaze.  Let dry for a bit before you flood the cookies.

lemon poppy seed cookie recipeFlood the cookies with glaze.  Add the inside colors and pull out with a toothpick.  Add poppy seeds to the outside.

lemon poppy seed cookie recipeLet the cookies dry overnight.

lemon poppy seed cookie recipe

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Bakers Emulsion or lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 3/4 to 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • gel food coloring


  1. Cream together the butter and confectioners sugar until light and fluffy. Add the lemon emulsion and the vanilla. Add the egg.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the poppy seeds to the bowl.
  3. Add the flour mixture one cupful at a time. When the dough forms a ball, you have enough flour. Put the dough in plastic wrap or parchment and chill for one hour.
  4. Roll the dough out on a floured board. Cut out using your favorite cookie cutter. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 7-8 minutes. Cool on a rack.
  5. Whisk together ingredients for glaze. Separate the glaze and color them the colors you want.
  6. Outline the cookies with the glaze. Let dry for a bit before you flood the cookies.
  7. Flood the cookies with glaze. Add the inside colors and pull out with a toothpick. Add poppy seeds to the outside.

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52 Responses to Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

  1. alison says:

    Been thinking about you this week, hoping it all went smoothly. Wishing you safe travels! Can’t wait to read about all your adventures on the road.

    • bakedbree says:

      thanks Alison! It went as smoothly as it could have gone. I was thinking of you today, I saw a sign for Omaha, only 524 miles from where we were.

  2. Kristin says:

    Good luck, Bree and safe travels! May you find lots of love in Kansas just as you and your family have found in Sacramento. :)

    If you are going to be going to the area around Salt Lake City, check and see if your route takes you by Arches National Park. When we drove from Texas to Wash. state, we went through Moab and saw the beautiful rocky arches. It was incredible!


  3. Safe, safe travels to you and your family. If you’re in the SLC area and tired of eating on the road, you can come on over to my house for a home cooked meal! :)

  4. What a bummer you are leaving! I wish you safe travels and California will miss you. These cookies are beautiful, I can’t wait to attempt to make them.:)

  5. jp says:

    Best of luck with the travels and moving, Bree! The cookies are gorgeous!

  6. meg brothers says:

    Wishing you safe travels! If you’re driving through Denver, there’s a restaurant you may not want to miss. It’s our favorite breakfast joint and the food is amazing. It’s right in downtown Denver and it’s called Snooze: http://www.snoozeeatery.com/thefindus/ballpark/42/65-ballpark?7833d2abc77be51dea404008187c710a=336504b1333f1770f24e50c1282e6856 (they have more than one location depending on where you’re driving through)

    The food can’t be beat. But be prepared for a 30 minute wait pretty much any time of day or day of the week (it’s really worth the wait). I live in Denver so let me know if I can help you navigate your way or need any other recommendations!

    Best Wishes!

    • bakedbree says:

      thank you Meg, I have added it to my list of things to do. Thanks for the offer, I just might take you up on it.

  7. these cookies are beautiful!!! Good luck with your move! I hope all goes smoothly for you!

  8. Leigh says:

    Just started following your yummy blog a few weeks ago and love your photos and recipes! We’re stationed a few miles from Wamego so we’ll be practically neighbors soon :) The Oz Museum isn’t all it’s made out to be unfortunately but the town is very adorable. Let me know if you need any info about the area. There is a ton of stuff to do in Kansas City. We like it here and hopefully you will too!

    • bakedbree says:

      thank you so much Leigh! I am really looking forward to Kansas, I just wish that it was not so short. Thanks for the offer!

  9. Kerri says:

    Good luck with your move! We will miss you here in Sac!

  10. Sacramentans like me will miss counting you as a local blogger! Good look on your journey.

  11. Marie says:

    Good luck with your new adventures! You will still be with us with your blog :)

  12. Marissa says:

    These look so adorable AND delicious! I can’t wait to try them soon.

    Best wishes to you and your family in your new home!


  13. Allison says:

    Meg is definitely right about Snooze in Denver. My personal Snooze recommendation: the Pancake Flight!

  14. Kelly Senyei says:

    Best of luck, Bree! I read your blog every day and am looking forward to the new recipes. Safe travels!

  15. Your cookies are beautiful! I love lemon and poppyseed, so I can not wait to make them. My family and I have moved so many times, I have lost count. Each time leaving was hard, but necessary. It always turned out to be the best decision, and we made so many friends all over the country. I used to tell my son to look at it as a great adventure. (The Uhaul trucks say, “An Adventure in Moving”!) Now my son is 21, and has friends from everywhere. He told me once that he couldn’t imagine living in one place for his whole life. He (and my husband & I ) have seen things, and lived places that other people only dream about. We consider ourselves very lucky! Have a safe and adventurous trip!!
    By the way~ On a recent trip across the country, our vehicle broke down in Kansas on Sunday. The people were so nice and they helped us get a mechanic , plus helped us find a hotel stay in while it was being repaired. There are nice people in Kansas!!

    • bakedbree says:

      I agree with you 100%. Moving is hard, but it is always a great thing for us. I get antsy after awhile too. I am so glad to hear that the people of Kansas were so nice to you.

  16. Wishing you a fun and safe trip.
    Your cookies look so pretty! I’m so glad you made them. They are one of the easiest cut out I’ve made. I don’t even chill the dough, and didn’t have any trouble with them spreading.
    Looking forward to reading all about your adventure!

    • bakedbree says:

      thanks Diane! These cookies are so good, I love them. I chilled my dough because I ran out of time. I am glad to know that I do not need to.

  17. Jennifer says:

    I never saw the reason to follow a blog until I stumbled onto your site while in search of some new recipe. From that moment, I was hooked. I start each day with a giddy anticipation to learn what you’ll showcase next. The recipes, the stories, the photos…I love everything about your site! I’m sorry see you leave Sacramento (hailing from just north of Sac myself, I loved the idea that this wonderful blog originated from my former neck of the woods), but I wish you the best in your travels and in your new home. As long as you blog, I will follow!


    • bakedbree says:

      how cute are you Jennifer? I am so glad that you found me and that you are going to stick around. I loved living in Sac and will miss it very much.

  18. Barbara says:

    We were a military family back in the 50’s so I know what the moving is like…and there was also one year when my husband was in Korea. It’s hard to make friends with a new community over and over, but schools, churches and the bases really do help.
    Your cookies look delish and summery.
    Hope you have a good trip!

    • bakedbree says:

      thank you Barbara. Yes, those things really do help. Having children really helps too. You have to make friends because they need friends.

  19. Heather Lawrence says:

    Bree! I found your blog while searching blogs for a recipe for homemade ice cream months ago..Just now I am putting the pieces together and after reading your latest blog (while coming back to search your site for a breakfast recipe) found out our husbands work together at Air station Sacramento! Small Small world! Good luck on your new adventure!!

  20. Shannoon says:

    Bree, these are beautiful pictures! Where did you get that tea cup?

  21. Aliza says:

    Good luck Bree! I’ve been following your site for over half a year now, and while I don’t know you, from your tone, you seem to be an upbeat, positive person. I’m sure you’ll make the most of your move, and most importantly, keep blogging!

  22. Ronda Hickey says:

    We made a similar move from Seattle, Washington to Joplin, Missouri last July, so I know how you are feeling. It has been quite the adventure for us, but we are so blessed by this place and by these people. Especially since our disastrous tornado we had a few weeks ago. It has been incredible to see this community come together in this time of crisis. Best thing I did when I found out we were moving for sure was determine myself to have a good attitude, and I got a good outcome :)

    Best wishes, safe travels, good memories.

    • bakedbree says:

      I agree competely, a good attitude is what guarantees a good outcome. Thinking of the people of Joplin. Was looking at images in the car while were driving. Prayers being sent.

  23. Pam K. says:

    I just ran across your blog when I was clicking around from some others and your poppy seed cookie recipe sounded good. When I read you are moving to Kansas and stopping at the Oz Museum, I thought you might be interested in a blog I follow, Window on the Prairie. The writer lives in NE Kansas and blogs about their farm and cattle operation, as well as sightseeing trips they take around the area. You might enjoy following her to learn about the area to which you are moving. I thought you would be especially interested in her blog entry about the Oz Museum. Have a good trip and welcome to Kansas, the state of my birth! I now live in Nebraska–Go Big Red! And I grew up in Colorado–I LOVE Rocky Mountain National Park–lots of beautiful places to see and to hike! I’ll be visiting my family in Denver in a couple of weeks!

  24. I know it can really suck to move, but I live in Kansas close to Fort Leavenworth, and I promise it’s not all bad! There’s a lot of fun stuff to do in the area. I know it’s not California, but there’s a lot to keep people entertained in the area. If you want to know about some things to do in the area, feel free to e-mail me!

    • bakedbree says:

      I am sure that it will be great, we are actually really excited about moving to Kansas. Thanks so much for the offer, I just might take you up on it.

  25. Abby says:

    Best of luck with your move!! The cookies look fantastic! I am so impressed that you have things all planned out to still blog during your move! I hope that you enjoy your new home more than you ever anticipated!

  26. Leslie says:

    As usual, I stopped by your blog yesterday, saw this recipe and immediately ran to the kitchen and started making it. Your style of cooking is so in line with my personal tastes and I always want to try every single thing you post. It turns out I was trying to come up with something to give my kids’ school teachers for the end of the year and when I saw these beautiful cookies, I knew that this was it!
    In short, the cookies are absolute perfection and soooo delicious. I ended up making heart shaped cookies and colored the glaze pink, and I couldn’t help but think with every bite that the glaze tasted like pink lemonade. So refreshing and good. Thanks again for your posts….they are amazing. Hope your move is going well.

    • bakedbree says:

      Thanks Leslie, this made my day. I love these cookies. Diane from Created by Diane brought them to something and I had to control myself. I love these cookies. Lemon anything makes me happy.

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