Poppy Seed Bars

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 1h 25m

Yields about 48 bars

If you love poppy seeds, this confection is for you.


  • For the Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup blanched, sliced and toasted almonds
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • For the Base and Topping:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar; more for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup blanched, sliced and toasted almonds
  • 8 ounces (16 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter
  • 1 egg


FOR THE FILLING: Combine the poppy seeds, almonds and lemon zest in a food processor and pulse until fine. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and add the remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture boils and thickens to a syrup, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

FOR THE BASE: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 13-inch pan. Combine the flour, confectioners’ sugar, baking powder and almonds in a food processor. Pulse to blend. Cut the butter into 1-inch pieces and place it on top of the flour mixture. Pulse again until the butter pieces are the size of a pea. With the machine running, add the egg through the feed tube. Pulse until the dough forms a ball. If the blade lifts up, remove the dough and finish mixing by hand.

TO ASSEMBLE: Pat half the dough into the buttered pan, flouring your hands if the dough sticks to them. Pour the cooled filling over the base. Crumble the remaining dough over the filling to create a topping. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the topping is browned. Let the bars cool before cutting; if you like, dust them with confectioners' sugar.

Recipe reprinted by permission of <I>Fine Cooking<. All rights reserved.

RecID 5846

nutrition information per serving

125 calories; 8g total fat; 18mg cholesterol; 15mg sodium; 12g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 2g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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