Cookie Advent Calendar: Heart Cookies with Poppy Seeds

I guess this recipe is one of the oldest in this blog, not in just Cookie Advent Calendar. I personally love these cookies also for the supposed discrepancy between the yeast dough and the cookie form factor.

For the poppy seed filling, take fresh poppy seeds and grind them a little in a mortar with a little sugar. This will make the cookies more flavorful.

Heart Cookies with Poppy Seeds

cookie advent calendar, day 17


850 g all purpose flour
180 g sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp yeast
450 g milk
120 g sunflower oil
1 egg

100 g butter of room temperature
100 g sugar
50 g poppy seeds

For greasing
1 yolk
30 g water


1. In one bowl, mix all the bulk ingredients of the dough: flour, sugar, salt, yeast.
2. And in the other mix all the wet ingredients: milk, egg and butter.
3. Combine the contents of both bowls and knead the dough. At this stage it is convenient to use a dough kneader or mixer. I generally use a bread maker.
4. Now let’s let the yeast work: leave the dough for 40 minutes until it doubles in volume.

And don’t forget to cover the bowl with a towel.
5. Preheat oven into 220 °С.
6. Roll out the dough into a plane 0.5 cm thick.
7. Grease with butter, sprinkle the dough with poppy seeds and sugar, roll into a tight roll, carefully pinching the seam.
8. Take a sharp knife and cut the roll into slices about 2 cm thick.
9. Cut each slice to the middle (see photo)

10. and unfold the cookies like a book (see photo again)

11. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with baking paper at a distance of 3 cm from each other.
12. Bake for about 12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.

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