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Did you know all about Lithuania’s Poppy Seed tradition?

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Poppy Seeds have featured extensively across Eastern European culture for hundreds of years. Representing coins, they symbolise good health, wealth, and status. For this reason, they have become synonymous with festivities during Christmastime and express hope for a prosperous new year ahead.

If you’ve ever visited Eastern Europe, you’ll have noticed poppy seeds are a popular addition to bread and cookies, as well as salads! They’re often grounded down to release their flavour, however, and added to all kinds of pastries.

Perhaps the most famous of all is the poppy seed strudel (roll). It’s a timeless dessert for the festive season across the region. If you’re after something a little more sweet, however, why not try your hand at making your very own poppy seed cookies?

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 large eggs (beaten)

1 can poppy seed filling

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp butter (melted, cooled)

2 tbsp sour cream (room temp.)

1 pinch salt

1 cup flour (all-purpose)


And here’s the method:

In a large bowl, combine your can of poppy seed filling with 3 large eggs.

Add the following:

  • 2 tbsp room temp. sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp melted and cooled butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour, mixing
  • pinch salt


Next, heat oven to 350 degrees, and place cookie dough onto baking sheets.

Bake until golden brown (this may take up to 25 minutes).

Leave cookies to cool.

As it’s Christmas, why not sprinkle some sugar over the top?

Serve and enjoy!