Short ‘n Sweet: Buttery Poppyseed & Citrus Cookies

One of the perks of being a baker is that gift giving becomes a whole lot less agonizing when almost everyone you know would be happy with a fresh batch of homemade cookies.

Having spent the last month reading and testing in the hopes of discovering some of the best adventurous cookie recipes, I was disappointed when I realized that I still hadn’t found the perfect basic slice-and-bake shortbread. I quickly narrowed my search down to two recipes (via Smitten Kitchen and Southern Living), chose orange zest and poppyseeds as my flavourings, and sliced up some cookies to sample.

While the difference was barely perceivable, my tasters settled on the more traditional recipe from Smitten Kitchen. Because this shortbread was slightly less sweet, the individual flavours of the butter, orange zest, and poppyseeds came through the strongest.

With this recipe in my arsenal, I can easily put together a personalized cookie package that is as unique as the person I bake it for. And now that the shortbreads are sorted, maybe it’s time to start thinking about making a cake… ‘Tis the season after all.