Crunchy Seed Cookies


Photography by Angie Norwood Browne

One of my food stylists, Patty goes into cookie production at Christmas time.


2t. poppy seeds

2t. white sesame seeds

2 t. flaxseeds

2t. fennel seeds

1/4 cup raw coarse sugar

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1t. cream of tartar

1t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

8T. unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

2 T. bourbon

Preheat oven 375 degrees. Mix the seeds and coarse sugar in bowl and set aside. Combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt, and mix together thoroughly with a whisk or fork. With mixer, mix butter with granulated sugar until smooth and well blended but not fluffy. Add the egg and bourbon and mix until smooth. Add the flour mixture and mix until completely incorporated.

On a lightly floured surface, shape all of the dough into an 8 inch square patty a generous 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle the dough with half of the seeds and sugar. Roll lightly over the seeds with a rolling pin to press them in. Turn the dough over. Sprinkle and roll over the remaining seeds. Cut the dough into 8 equal strips in each direction to make a total of 64 equal pieces.

Place the cookies 2 inches apart on a lined  or greased pans. Bake for 14-16 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned, rotating the pans from top to bottom and from front to back halfway through the baking time for even baking. Cool the cookies completely before stacking and storing. May be kept in a airtight container for at least 2 weeks.


Food Styling by Patty Wittmann.


About anbphoto

I never thought I'd start a blog because I'm not a writer. I am a Southern Catholic girl, a commercial food Photographer and an avid gardener. I have always wanted to journal my garden; growing food (fruit, herbs and vegetables), photographing ingredients from earth to plate and sharing the recipes I love. Someone suggested that I forget about all the writing and simply share my photographs and recipes. Perfect! My blog is an exploration of home gardening and cooking, so here is a little history of me and how "Stray Cats and Blackberries" came about. Born and raised in Alabama, my love for food lies in Southern cuisine. I learned early on that life is a party revolving around friends and family sharing food and wine. Backyard Summer bbqs, black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day or ham and chocolate on Easter are just a few favorite Southern traditions I love sharing. I became fascinated with gardening when my husband and I bought our first house. I am a mother, a wife and someone who appreciates the little treasures and traditions in life. My garden started as an empty parking lot behind a Mom & Pop grocery store that my husband and I bought and renovated into a photography studio. While my husband put on his carpenter pants I put on my gardening gloves. Thirteen dumpsters at three tons each and nearly three years later I had a plantable space to sew seeds. I have been a food photographer and gardener for over 20 years and love the idea of merging my passions by growing food, photographing my harvest and sharing recipes with you. Enjoy


  1. Cheryl

    These really look good to me. I am trying to lose weight but I have some kind of an adversion to losing. I think I need to change some attitudes. Not easy. Christmas is a bad time for not enjoying all the good foods. Hope you have a great time this season. I know you love it and do a lot of work preparing for your sweet family. Love you and think about you often.

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