Lemon poppy seed cookies are a delicious and easy cookie to make. This is an old family recipe that originates from my mother's Great Aunt Mary. Her recipe was a bit less precise, consisting of a 'little of this' and a 'little of that.' At some point in the 1950s my grandmother asked Mary to make the cookies for her, and subsequently measured out all of the ingredients. This current iteration is still the same recipe.
Over the years my mother was the only one who continued to make these cookies. When she would mail them out over the holidays, they became a much sought after commodity. In fact, when my mom's Uncle Nat (Mary's brother) received them he would stash them away and not let any of his octogenarian friends near them. Apparently, these old geezers would come visit him simply to steal the cookies. He valued them so much that when my mother started having wrist pains from work and couldn't mix the dough, he bought her a stand mixer to keep mailing them to him.
Albeit she was the only person to continue making these, as time passed these cookies slowly came back into vogue within my family. People would often ask her for the recipe and rarely would she give it out. This recipe is a carefully guarded secret. Thus, my mom was mildly taken aback and annoyed when I told her that I was going to share this recipe online and requested that I do not because the cousins might see.
To be fair, I don't think anyone we are related to actually bothers to read my Instructables. However, I will preface that if you happen to be a cousin or other blood relation, please stop reading now. You are not supposed to know how to do this. Perhaps you can read a book, go watch the entire Breaking Bad series on Netflix, or take up organic gardening. I don't particularly care how you chose to distract yourself from reading on.
For everyone else not in our family - follows are instructions for making really awesome lemon poppy seed cookies. Not only do they taste great, but you can cut them into all kinds of fun shapes. Also - as mentioned earlier - they mail well. These make great gifts for any occasion.
2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups oil
2 tsp. lemon extract
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
6 cups flour
1 Tbsp. poppy seeds