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Poppy seed cookies featured on NPR...can I sub butter for some of the oil?

kapusta Apr 21, 2013 10:37 AM

A while back, NPR's "Found Recipes" featured "Aunt Ida's Poppy Seed cookies". I finally got around to making this recipe, and the cookies are good, but I'm wondering if I can change out some of the oil (1 cup) for butter to get a little deeper flavor? I'm also thinking that these bad boys would benefit from some lemon zest.
Here's the link to the recipe:
http://www.wbur.org/npr/164682760/j-r...
Any suggestions to improve upon this recipe?

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  1. hotoynoodle RE: kapusta Apr 21, 2013 11:47 AM

    you'd need to sub melted butter and even so it will change the texture of the finished cookies.

    but you could try olive oil, for something slightly savory, or coconut oil.

    also add some salt. every baked good needs a dash.

    you could sub some almond meal for flour.

    also rubbing some citrus zest in with the sugar will add another dimension.

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      kapusta RE: hotoynoodle Apr 22, 2013 11:33 AM

      Thanks, that's what I needed to know...that the texture would change. As is, they are pleasingly crispy and I would like to maintain that feature.
      Good idea on some salt, too. Perhaps that will help boost the taste of these cookies.
      I'll try the suggestions!

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      INDIANRIVERFL RE: kapusta Apr 22, 2013 11:57 AM

      These are icebox heirloom cookies. You need the oil instead of butter so that it will not overpower the poppy seeds. And to maintain consistenency from frozen to thawed to cooked.

      I am always guilty of tweaking a recipe towards an end product I might prefer. Except for heirlooms. I would never change one item for Aunt Vera's steak sauce, or Nana's hassenpfeffer. And over a hundred others my mother wrote down back in the 60's and 70's.

      Thanks Mom for all those 3X5 cards. Some front and back.

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