I love simple flavors. These Red, White, and Blue Poppy Seed Cookies with a hint of lemon and a splash of fresh berry are the perfect 4th of July treat. Not only do they look pretty and festive, but they most certainly taste good. The poppy seed cookies were surprisingly easy to throw together, quick to bake, and still stayed super tender. I will be the first to raise my hand and admit that after making the dough I was worried they would be hard, but they are tender, and almost melt in your mouth. I love the subtle nutty crunch of the poppy seed with the smooth and creamy frosting and that last, juicy *pop* from the berry.

I’ve never, ever made a thumbprint cookie, and while I still haven’t decided if this actually is a thumbprint or a butter cookie (I’ll have to try the latter to really know the difference) I thought these turned out really cute. Again, super surprised how light and tender the cookie was. Maybe it was luck, or maybe these cookies really are lovely, but I truly enjoyed them. The husband would still prefer chocolate chip. Such is life.

See? Aren’t they cute? It’s really hard to tell in the picture, but these are pretty little cookies. I found the the bigger you go it gets to crumbly, you need more frosting and berries and it’s hard to keep it holding up to that. Although…. I am thinking of trying these in a mini muffin tin… hmmm. That could be a good idea. Anyway, give these a shot and let me know what you are eating to celebrate the holiday.

How Long Can You Freeze Cookies?

Properly stored, cookies can be frozen for 3 months.

Will Poppy Seeds Hurt You?

Poppy seeds are safe to eat and have many nutrients.

Poppy seeds pack a significant dose of nutrients even in small quantities.

Essential minerals like zinc, iron and calcium are in just a sprinkling of flavorful poppy seeds.

Can You Use Neufchatel Cheese in Place of Cream Cheese?

Neufchatel cheese is simply low fat cream cheese.

You can substitute neufchatel for cream cheese for a slightly healthier choice.

Red White And Blue Poppy Seed Cookies

Red White and Blue Poppy Seed Cookies

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Servings: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


These Red, White, and Blue Poppy Seed Cookies with a hint of lemon and a splash of fresh berry are the perfect 4th of July treat.



  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt


  • 1 Package Cream Cheese, 8oz, softened
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2-3 Drops Food Coloring
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 Teaspoons Lemon Juice


For the Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment or silpat
  • In the bowl of a kitchenaid, mix together the egg, and butter
  • Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  • Pour the remaining ingredients into the bowl and mix until the dough begins to form together. It may be a little crumbly, but you should be able to grab the dough with your hand and form a ball
  • Form small balls of dough, about 1", and place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes and allow to cool completely.

For the Frosting

  • Mix all of the ingredients together using a handheld mixer, or a whisk with some muscles;)
  • Place the frosting into a pastry bag or ziploc with the end snipped off.
  • Place a dollop of cream cheese frosting on each cooled cookie, and a raspberry on top.


Refrigerate in an air tight container


Serving: 1gCalories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 16.6gProtein: 0.5gCholesterol: 22.1mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 16.1g
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 100 Best Cookies Recipes on the Planet

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