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
- medium saucepan
- 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.
MARY C ROWLES says
“poppy filling up” ????? arent the poppy seeds on both sides of the slices? did I roll up wrong?
They probably are, Mary. I meant: place them flat on the baking sheet.
Thank you so much for sharing this amazing poppy seed rolls recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!
I could eat a whole bunch of these – they are too good not to. Fantastic recipe and great results!
Wow! I made these earlier this week for some friends and they were a huge hit! I’ll be making these again and again. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!
A yummy twist to classic cinnamon rolls and clever use of the poppy seeds. Saving this recipe for my Easter baking project. Hoping my rolls will look as beautiful as yours xoxo
These are sooooo tasty! one of my favourite new recipes. Thanks for making my day!
Looks yummy and so very easy too. Perfect and quick snack option when kids are home.
The filling for this pastry recipe is beyond perfect! This is so amazing and delicious!
I love poppyseed bread, but I have never tried poppyseed rolls! These sound delicious! Thanks for the share, excited to give it a try!
These poppy seed rolls taste even better than the bakerys! I love how easy these are too and they taste like they took all day. Perfection!
Not only is this recipe delicious, it is also so impressive to serve! Everyone loved these rolls!
These poppy seed rolls are so beautiful to look at and delicious to eat! I’m amazed at how easy these were to make. I will definitely make them again!
this is such a great recipe. My friends loved nd all was gone within minutes. Definitely making them again.
Moop Brown says
I’ve been wanting to try more baking recipes lately and this one looks tasty and easy to make. Definitely gonna try!
These rolls look so yummy! I love baking with poppy seeds so I can’t wait to try them.
Carolyn Dennison says
What amount of poppy seeds are used?
It’s up to you, Carolyn.