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Poppy Seed Tea Cakes

Rated as 4.27 out of 5 Stars

"I wanted something a little different from the standard Russian tea cakes recipe, and I came up with this. These are easy to make yet elegant. I prefer them with unsalted butter, but some people like the salted butter better."
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1 h 35 m servings 179
Original recipe yields 18 servings (36 cookies)


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  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Cream together the butter and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar until smooth in a bowl. Stir in the poppy seeds and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour until just combined. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, and place 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from baking sheet to cool slightly, then roll warm cookies in the remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar until coated. Cool completely on wire racks, then roll in sugar once more.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 179 calories; 11.2 18 1.9 27 2 Full nutrition

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I cut the recipe in half and I got exactly 18 cookies. It was spot on. I didn't have unsalted butter so I used salted and it was great anyways. I will make these again and try with unsalted to s...


I kept this as it is a little different from the walnut wedding cakes but still prefer the walnuts to poppy seeds but if you are looking for a change to add to your cookie tray, it is a nice one.

Made these exactly as directed. So easy and delicious. The real problem is stopping yourself from eating them all in one sitting.

Good: One bowl recipe! Everything was in my pantry I halved the recipe and produced exactly 8 one inch balls. Less Good: kind of bland. I did a mixture of vanilla and lemon extract and still ...

I had planned on making poppy seed bread, but found this recipe instead and it looked super easy and tasty!. It has a lovely delicate flavor, but bland and dry be comparison to what I was expec...

These turned out really well and were easy to make. The poppy seeds add a lovely crunch. I rolled some of mine in poppy seeds rather than the sugar just to try it out and they were also nice, no...

I must have made my first batch of cookies too big; they took about 14 minutes to cook, and I ended up with only 2 dozen cookies. That's OK; they were delicious, and friends asked for the recip...

Very simple to make. All the ingredients were in my kitchen for a change. This was a hit at my house and an added cookie to my christmas cookie trays.