Poppy seed rolls are a traditional pastry that is loved by many. Once you try homemade poppy seed rolls, you won’t want store-bought ones again! They’re made with delicious ingredients like butter, sugar, and poppy seeds. You can enjoy them for breakfast or as a snack any time of day! Make your own at home with this easy recipe! It only takes 30 minutes to make these tasty treats from scratch.
Poppy seed rolls
I’ve always loved pinwheels, no matter the filling. And I always admired people who are able to bake these cookies. To me it seemed like this deliciousness would require some complex baking skills, lots of patience and great gifting. These poppy seed rolls look so fancy and sophisticated, one must be a super baker to make them, right?
Well, turns out I was wrong. These poppy seed pastry cookies might look difficult to make but the truth is, they’re pretty easy peasy. And boy, they are so delicious! I love how crisp these turned out and not too sweet, my daughter was simply in love with them. I must say I was very surprised at how easy it is to make them.
Not only are they easy to make but the puff pastry dough makes these cookies pretty fast too. I made these poppy seeds pinwheels in under 30 minutes! They’re great for a last minute treat or if you have unexpected guests popping by.
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What do you need to make poppy seed rolls?
Besides the puff pastry dough, all you need are some poppy seeds, butter, sugar and milk. That’s it! I must admit I was very surprised by the simplicity of this poppy seed roll recipe. I’ve never imagined those few ingredients would make such a delicious cookie!
The sugar syrup, oh man! It is to die for! Not too sweet but just perfect, in my opinion. The sugar syrup and the poppy seeds make such a nice pair. I can see a slight addiction forming in the near future (hope not though with all those carbs and stuff).
Poppy seeds are available in the produce department of your grocery store or you can buy them online, they’re also referred to as poppy seed pods or poppy seed shells.
I used store bought puff pastry for these pinwheels and it’s pure heaven when baked this way!
What is this poppy roll filling made of?
Butter, sugar, poppy seed and syrup are all you need to make the filling. You can also add some orange or lemon juice, it will give the poppy seed filling an amazing boost in taste!
I made my own sugar syrup with milk and sugar but if you’re short on time, you can use store bought simple syrup.
Mix the filling ingredients together and spread evenly over the dough.
Do you have to soak poppy seeds before baking with them?
No, you don’t have to soak poppy seeds before baking with them. Although there are a few recipes that will ask you to do so.
Is it safe to bake with poppy seeds?
Yes, it is safe to bake with poppy seeds. Just make sure you purchase them from a reliable store or brand.
What are some variations of this recipe?
Pecans or walnuts would also work great in these cookie. Although I must say, the poppy seeds are so delicious on their own that any additional topping/filling isn’t really necessary.
You could experiment with the sugar syrup too. You can, for example, add some lemon zest or orange zest to it.
I also think some cinnamon would go really well with it. Or a little bit of vanilla cream in the filling.
When to serve these cookies?
These would make a great cookie at family gatherings and special holidays like Christmas. But you’ll want to make this recipe over and over again!
This recipe for poppy seed Danish is perfect if you’re looking to impress your family and friends or just want a super easy Sunday breakfast/brunch idea. These are great for an afternoon snack or even for breakfast if you feel like something sweet, less fancy, but delicious nonetheless.
You can serve them with some tea or even a cup of coffee at breakfast or brunch time.
You can also serve these poppy seed pinwheels with a nice glass of milk for the kids after school, I’m sure they’ll have no complaints!
My family loved these cookies and my daughter is already asking me when I’m going to bake them again! This is a winner in our house!
How do you store poppy seed rolls?
It’s best to store poppy seed rolls in an airtight container at room temperature.
How long do poppy seed rolls last?
Poppy seed rolls can be stored in the refrigerator for about 5 days and at room temperature for about 3 days.
How do you freeze poppy seeds rolls?
Before freezing, make sure the poppy seed rolls are cooled completely. Wrap them in plastic foil or place them in an airtight freezer container and store for up to six months. Defrost before serving.
If you’re looking for an easy cookie recipe with minimal ingredients, these poppy seed rolls are perfect!
So…do you have a favorite poppy seed recipe? I’d love to know about it so please leave me a comment below!
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Poppy seed rolls
- 3 puff pastry sheets
For the filling
- 2 sticks butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- poppy seeds as preferred
For the syrup
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
To make the filling
- In a saucepan, melt butter
- Add the sugar and mix until completely dissolved, on low to medium heat to prevent the butter from browning.
- Add vanilla and set aside. Allow to cool until you are able to touch with your fingers.
To make the rolls
- Open one of the pastry sheet and gently roll it out.
- Use the pastry brush to spread some of the butter mix over the entire surface.
- Sprinkle poppy seeds liberally.
- Roll the pastry as tight as possible and place in a freezer friendly container. Place in the freezer for half an hour.
- Repeat for all pastry sheets
- Meanwhile make the syrup and line the cookie sheet with baking paper.
To make the syrup
- In a saucepan, heat the milk
- Add the sugar and mix until sugar is completely dissolved, keeping the heat on low to medium.
- Add vanilla and set aside.
- Pre heat the oven at 375 F
- Remove the logs from the freezer and immediately cut into slices
- Place the slices in the cookie sheet (poppy filling up) and brush with the sugar syrup.
- Bake for 10 minutes then brush more syrup and sprinkle more poppy seeds.
- Bake for additional 5 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown.