Holiday Recipes


Poppy seed dreidel cookies

The tiny poppy seeds add delightful crunch to these easy cookies. Cut them out with dreidel-shaped cookie cutters and decorate with sparkly sugar or icing.

2-1/4 cups (550 mL) all purpose flour
1 tsp. (5 mL) baking powder
1/4 tsp. (2 mL) baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened
1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup (50 mL) sour cream
1/2 tsp. (2 mL) vanilla
1 tsp. (5 mL) grated orange zest
1/4 cup (50 mL) orange juice
1/4 cup (50 mL) poppy seeds
1 beaten egg white for glazing, if desired (optional)
additional sugar for decorating, if desired
homemade or store-bought icing for decorating, if desired

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F (190° C). Line one or two cookie sheets with parchment paper and lightly grease the paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the egg, sour cream, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla and continue beating until well mixed. The mixture may appear curdled — donít worry about it. Add the flour mixture in two or three additions, beating after each one just until incorporated. Add the poppy seeds and beat until evenly speckled and smooth.
  4. The dough will be fairly soft but it can be rolled and shaped without chilling. Divide dough into 2 or 3 lumps. Working with one lump at a time, flour it well and gently roll out on a well-floured surface until about 1/8-inch (1/3 cm) thickness. Cut into dreidel shapes using a cookie cutter and place cookies on a prepared cookie sheet, leaving about 1/2-inch (.5 cm) between them. If you want to glaze and decorate the cookies, brush lightly with the beaten egg white and sprinkle with sugar before baking. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until very lightly browned. Let cool on a rack before decorating with icing, if desired.
Makes 2-1/2 to 3 dozen cookies.

How kids can help:


Help mix the dough for the cookies.


Roll out dough and cut out shapes with cookie cutters.


Decorate with icing or sugar.
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