Orange Cookies with Poppy Seeds

After very much looking for the little purple crispy things, I finally got some poppy seeds! And now that I had them, I badly wanted to try some... on cookies. I've been dreaming about poppy seeds cookies - what can I do? it might as well happen that there's no such recipe. I once had orange cake, I also had bread, I even had a pumpkin pie with poppy seeds but never ever had a poppy seed cookie! So I came up with these.

Eat Christmas Cookies is still running and this is my second entry for this event that you can find at Food Blogga. Don't forget to check the cookies flying in at Susan's place from all over the world!

Orange Cookies with Poppy Seeds

Makes about 4 dozens

1/2 cup (150 grs) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup (150 grs) fine caster sugar
Zest of 1 big orange, grated (about 3 Tbsps)
3 Tbsps oranje juice
2 3/4 cups (200 grs) all-purpose flour
1 egg
Poppy seeds (about 3 Tbsps)
Extra caster sugar to dust

Mix caster sugar and little cubes of butter. Cream until the mixture is crumbly. Mix in orange zest and juice. Add flour, mix quickly. Add egg, mixing again. Press into a ball, cover with film and place into the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes.
On parchment paper, put 1 Tbsp of poppy seeds (do it slowly - poppy seeds fly all over the place!), roll 1/3 of the pastry on the seeds. With a sharp knife, cut 5 mm slices, roll each using your rolling pin. Add some extra seeds and press with the roling pin, so they won't fall. Use a cookie cutter to cut out different sized stars. Dust with caster sugar. Repeat all this process until you run out of pastry.
Place the cookies into a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 165º C until the cookies are slightly golden. Allow to cool on a rack.


Cris said...

Love recipes with poppyseeds, hahah I have the same problem when it comes to cookies, whatever I top them with flies all over the pan!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, Suzana, these are so beautifully photographed. I love your original recipe as well. I have never had a poppy seed cookie, but that's going to change now, thanks to you! :) -Susan

ChichaJo said...

Hi there! Your cookies look adorable and I'm sure are very delicious :) Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a nice note :)

Suzana said...

Cris, I'm pretty sure you're much better than I am in what comes to cookie toppings, as you're such a great baker!

Susan, thanks - ou're too kind! I'm so glad you've started Eat Christmas Cookies. :)

Joey, nice of you to pay me a visit. I absolutely love your blog (but I guess I've said that already). :)

Sarah said...

I don't understand the instructions about cutting 5mm slices? Still, I think I might just add some of the seeds directly to the batter, then roll it out and squash it down onto a layer of seeds. Won't be as elegant buy will hopefully taste almost as good!

Suzana said...

Sarah, I just had the pastry sliced because it was easier for me but you can perfectly roll the pastry into 5 mm thickness between 2 sheets of parchment paper. (It's easier to work with a small piece of pastry at a time, keeping the rest in the fridge).

Let me know how it went. Thanks for dropping at my blog. :)