Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lemon-Poppy Seed Cookies

Think of the last time you ate a 'healthy' cookie. It probably tasted something like cardboard, right? That's the problem for us health freaks-cuisine can easily be made healthier, but it gets complicated with baking. Baking is a science, so it's hard to swap out fattening ingredients with more nutritious ones- it completely changes the chemistry of the recipe! But with a little know-how, you can make a delicious, and nutritious cookie. I put my know-how to work with these Lemon-Poppy Seed Cookies. I saw the original recipe in Martha Stewart Living Magazine, and like a mad scientist set out to make a lower calorie, guilt-free version. I swapped oil with yogurt, sugar with Splenda, and white flour with whole wheat. Friends and family agree, this recipe is a keeper! Enjoy with a hot cup of tea!

Lemon-Poppy Seed Cookies
Adapted from
Serves 26

1/2 cup whole wheat flour (spooned and leveled)
1/8 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup Splenda
1/4 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks
2 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tbsp fat-free vanilla yogurt
1 packed tsp finely grated lemon zest
1 tsp lemon juice
seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda.
3. In a small bowl mix together sugar, Splenda, egg yolks, poppy seeds, yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla seeds.
4. Stir mixture into flour until just combined.
5. Drop dough by teaspoons 2 inches apart onto a Silpat or parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. 6. Bake cookies 10-14 minutes, rotating 1/2 way through. Cookies should be lightly golden brown.
7. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely.
8. Store in an air-tight container.

Nutrition Facts
Calories: 23 Fat: .7 g Cholesterol: 15.5 g Sodium: 23.4 mg Carbohydrates: 4.3 g Fiber: .3 g Protein: .6 g


  1. Thank-you girl! These look fabulous! And with only 23 calories I feel I can have more than 1! Thanks for the substitutions, we all love healthy cookies.

  2. Thanks so much, and you're welcome! Hope you can try them out!

  3. I never knew about these cookies....healthy and yum.....

  4. From one Naan super fan to another, thanks for stopping by! :) Cute site you have here! I love lemon cookies. These looks like a winner!

  5. I've been in the mood for lemon flavored things lately, and these sound like fun! I've made lemon poppyseed breads and muffins but never cookies, so thanks for sharing!