Recipe: Grandma’s poppy seed and orange cookies

A simple biscuit that's a true taste of home


Photo: Gareth Morgans

  • place PRE 15 - 20 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • place COOK 20 - 25 minutes
  • place SERVES Makes about 40 cookies
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These were my favourite type of cookies my grandma made, although no one kept the recipe. I’ve tried to recreate them here and have come pretty close to the flavour and texture I loved so much.


  • Preheat the oven to 160°C and line a large baking tray with baking parchment.

  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the orange juice, oil, orange zest, vanilla and egg and mix again until well combined.

  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking powder.

  • Add the flour to the butter and orange mixture and combine, then add the poppy seeds and mix one more time. Cover with cling film/plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  • Take half the amount and roll with your hands into a cylinder/log shape about 5cm wide.
    Sprinkle the brown sugar on the lined baking tray and roll the cookie dough in the sugar. Using a sharp knife, slice the dough into cookies 5mm thick. Spread them out on the baking tray. Repeat with the second half of the cookie mix.

  • Bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes until they are golden brown all over. Let them cool for a few minutes and then enjoy or store in an airtight container.

    Adapted from My Tel Aviv Table (Nourish)


150g unsalted butter
90g soft brown sugar
3 tbsp fresh orange juice
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp orange zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
300g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp poppy seeds
2 tbsp soft brown sugar, for rolling

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