When it comes to desserts, I will more likely than not steer in the direction of chocolate.
Except when it comes to ice cream. That is always mint chocolate chip.
In general, I am not a fruity sweet treats person. I make my frozen yogurt concoction as chocolatey as possible, meaning that I will skip entirely over all of the colorful candies in favor of chocolate covered type things. At the end, I am always left with a deep need of water that only chocolate can do to you. During Halloween, I avoid fruity candies like Starbursts and Skittles and you will not find me pawing for lollipops or Jolly Ranchers.
So it was rather surprising to me that when I was waiting around for my family at the library a rainy Saturday after Thanksgiving and randomly picked up this cookie book, it was the recipe for the Lemon Poppy Seed Linzers that stood out to me. Not the Chocolate Whoopie Pies or the Chocolate Chip Cookies, but the ones gloriously dotted with poppy seeds and filled with a bright yellow lemon curd.
Sometimes I will see a recipe and it will take me weeks, months or years to commit to it. Others, it is the next available opportunity. This rule generally depends on the ingredients I have on hand and whether or not I have the majority of them already or how much the recipe captures my attention. In the case of these cookies, it was both of those things. I made these with yuzu juice because I still had a few on hand begging to be used before they shriveled up. But, I know yuzu is rather obscure and makes people like my coworkers say "who zoo?" so sticking with the original lemon is totally okay too.
In flavor, these cookies are very reminiscent of the classic lemon poppy seed muffin, except with a crisp crumb and creamy filling. As a person who does not like desserts that are super sweet, I appreciate how the curd is on the tart and zingy side. It compliments the buttery cookie quite well. Also, I really like the addition of the lemon zest and juice in the cookies themselves. It makes it less of just a buttery shortbread with lots of seeds but instead ones with more oomph.
While rain is forecasted to pound our Northern California roofs for the next week, I love how these cookies bring a bit of sunshine into the otherwise chilly and harsh Californian winter. I'll steer away from the dark world of chocolate for a bit of brightness and spring as I crank on my oven for this upcoming weekend. I've got visions of more pumpkin bread and more cookies dancing around in my head.
And now that I've said this, a chocolate treat is coming your way next!
Lemon Poppy Seed Linzer Cookies
Slightly adapted from One Sweet Cookie
Yields: 30-40 1¼-inch cookies // Active Time: 2½ hours // Inactive Time: 1½ hours