Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies With Yogurt

by Ann on June 16, 2009

Photo by Roland A Manarin

This year, I’ve been really into lemon anything.  Unfortunately, the majority of the lemon cookie recipes I’ve found aren’t too healthy or they’re full of oats and I didn’t want that.  So, I decided to make up my own healthy version with yogurt!  It worked out well because Stonyfield Farm is hosting this GIVEAWAY for their Greek yogurt line Oikos- 1 free 16oz coupon and 3 free 5.3oz coupons!    More details below.  I made this cookie two ways, with and without coconut.  The coconut flavor is already present and mild from the coconut oil (if you don’t like coconut, use all butter instead or use some organic shortening which doesn’t have the negative qualities of the non-organic kinds).  The coconut made these cookies slightly more moist and thicker.  I think these cookies taste best cooled, and they’re delicious either way.  I decided to use spelt flour for the added fiber and rich color, but if you need gluten-free, I think they’d probably work well with gluten-free oat flour.  They should also work if all you have is white or wheat flour.  The consistency if this cookie is a little crunchy on the outside and softer on the inside with a tiny bit of a crumble (due to the coconut oil).  An easy and fairly fast lemon poppy seed cookie that’s healthy.  Yes!!!!


  • 2 lemons (juice of two lemons and zest of two lemons)
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar (if you don’t have this, use honey)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 5.3oz container vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Stonyfield Farm Oikos)  …or you can use a scant 1/2 cup of your preferred Greek yogurt
  • 1 3/4 cups spelt flour (or whatever flour you prefer)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tb poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Over a low boil, heat the lemon juice, zest and agave nectar stirring constantly with a whisk until half the liquid remains (a little less than half a cup) liquid will thicken to the consistency of the agave.  Let cool, mixture thickens to more of a thick honey consistency
  • In a large mixing bowl blend the butter, sugar and coconut oil.  Add the yogurt and lemon juice mixture
  • In a smaller bowl, blend the flour with the salt and poppy seeds with a fork
  • Slowly add the dry mixture into the wet.  Add shredded coconut and blend well.
  • Drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheet and bake about 8-9 minutes, the bottom of the cookie will brown

Oikos photo courtesy www.oikosorganic.com

To win the Oikos giveaway, all you have to do is comment below.  I don’t care what you say, just make your presence known!  I’ll pick the winner at random via random.com by assigning each post a number.  Easy.  No pressure!  I’ll pick the winner June 21st, Father’s Day!  If you don’t win, you can still get a discount with these coupons.  If you’re looking for something else to make with your Greek yogurt, you can try out my most recent Sonoma Chicken Salad recipe, where I discuss in detail on some of the health benefits.  Also, you parents stay tuned, because soon we’ll be doing a YoBaby giveaway!

Oh, and I feel that I should mention, if you’re looking for a good lemon cookie recipe that is not healthy in the least bit, I highly recommend this.  They’re very time consuming and tricky, but when done right, delicious.

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tony June 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I have had the pleasure to have a few of these. Very tasty. Wife loves them as well and we are not big on desserts. Nice work! Excited to see what you come up with next!

2 JLeigh June 16, 2009 at 7:15 pm

These sound wonderful - can’t wait to try……. I grew up on lots of poppy seed things - breads, kolaches, cookies…. I am super excited to try these little guys with the yogrut - yum.

3 Bill June 16, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Those look really good!

4 Champagne June 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm


5 Cara June 16, 2009 at 7:52 pm

These were delicious! Thanks for the taste test!

6 Kristin June 16, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Wow, once again, another scrumptious recipe to try! I especially love that these are user-friendly for the working mom. Also looking forward to trying the healthier Whole Foods chicken salad recipe. Yum Yum!

7 Julie B June 16, 2009 at 8:18 pm

You have been a busy woman.. these sound wonderful! I can’t wait to make them… you have the best cookie recipes, and I don’t feel guilty about giving my children. :)

8 Michaela June 16, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I tried the Sonoma Chicken Salad and must say I was skeptical of the yogurt at first, but it was a pleasant surprise!! Very tangy and delicious!!
Keep it up!

9 Tony B June 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

These sound amazing! Very creative.

10 Tom June 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Ann - looking forward to trying the recipe! We really enjoy your blog - keep it up!

- Tom

11 Phil H June 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Officially added these to our kitchen to-do list. Love the site, Ann. Keep going.

12 Linda June 16, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Thank you for making one of most favorite combination of ingredients, lemon and coconut, delicious. Nice to know I can eat my favorites and be healthy too.

13 Laura June 16, 2009 at 8:48 pm

I love lemon and especially coconut, but even better I love healthy. I know my little ones would enjoy them too! You are so creative!

14 Kattie June 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Thanks for sharing- can’t wait to give it a try. :-)

15 Duane June 16, 2009 at 9:01 pm

I like yogurt parfaits, do you have a recipe?

16 coco June 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm

I tasted some. They were really goooood!!!! I liked the yogurt taste. I would like to try baking that.

17 Christine June 17, 2009 at 12:20 am

Excited to try these cookies!!

18 Jenny Olson June 17, 2009 at 5:43 am

I can’t wait to try these and the chicken salad. Mmmmm!

19 Erica June 17, 2009 at 6:40 am

I can’t wait to try these delicious sounding cookies!

20 Jackie June 17, 2009 at 8:01 am

They sound tasty!! I’m anxious to try some of these recipes Ann!

21 Rick June 17, 2009 at 8:10 am

I love deserts with lemon in them. I agree that typically they are not too healthy!! These were very tasty and healthy…a must try!

22 stephchows June 17, 2009 at 8:23 am

Love making baked goods healthy! I did a lemon poppyseed muffin with some greek yogurt.. but the consistency wasn’t spot on… I need to experiment a little more to get it right!

23 Jen June 17, 2009 at 9:04 am

I can’t wait to try the chicken salad recipe! The cookies sound great too!

24 Chris June 17, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Sounds wonderful Ann…and easy!! Looking forward to doing some baking!

25 lisaiscooking June 17, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I get into lemon phases during which everything I make has lemon. Obviously, I like it, so your lemon cookies look great!

26 Erica from Cooking for Seven June 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Those sound delicious. I really like poppy seeds. It’s nice see that someone else uses coconut oil and unsweetened coconut. Sadly, we have run out of unsweetened coconut. I see an order in the near future.

I would probably use honey and whole wheat pastry flour. I have never tried either agave nectar or spelt flour.

Very nice photo, btw.

27 Katie June 17, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Can you ship these to my house? They look great and healthier than what I could ever create! Mmmmm. I will give it a try!

28 Vito June 18, 2009 at 2:05 am

Wow…..the coconut is a must, was awesome! Keep the great ideas rolling!

29 Kim June 19, 2009 at 9:05 am

My husband loves poppyseeds, and I love yogurt, so these cookies look terrific!

30 Jenna Z June 19, 2009 at 9:39 am

Mmm, those sound awesome! I love coconut so I’ll definitely try the more coconutty of the two versions!

31 Linda June 19, 2009 at 8:25 pm

I am definitely making those first thing in the morning!

32 Megan June 21, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Mmm….Sounds very yummy! Thanks for the tip!

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