Poppy Seed Bars

These poppy seed bars are wonderful and fun to make for any occasion, these are really in our family during the Christmas time. These are fun to make along with the original zakarpatski palochki.

poppy seed bars recipe

If a soft poppy seed cake isn’t deliciousness enough, you coat these bars with dulce de leche and crumbs. They are really soft and kind of melt in your mouth. These can be cut in any shape you like them. You can even do squares and set them into cupcake liners. If making these for a party this is a neat idea. Once the graham crackers are crushed, divide the crumbs into three bowls. Into one add the crushed vanilla wafers, into the second the chocolate and into the third the strawberry. You will have different colors and it will look pretty and each kind of has its individual added taste. Here I just crushed all three wafers together. If you don’t have flavored wafers just doing the graham crackers will work too, the bars become sweeter with the wafers.

{You can also bake a cake instead of bars (palochki). Use 2 – 8” round pans when baking, cakes will bake a little quicker though. Cut each cake in half to get 4 layers. Use coating below as cream and decorate with chocolate or crumbs below or whatever else you heart desires.}

Ingredients:

Cake-

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

¼ cup oil

1 cup sour cream

3 Tbsp poppy seeds

1 tsp baking soda + ½ tsp vinegar

1 1/3 cups flour

Coating-

1 (14oz) can dulce de leche (cooked condensed milk)

1 stick butter, room temp

Crumbs-

1 pack graham cracker (9 crackers)

4 vanilla wafers, optional

4 chocolate wafers, optional

4 strawberry wafers, optional

Makes: 30-40 bars (depending how you cut them)

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Directions:

Spray 9″x13″ baking pan with baking spray. Preheat oven to 355°F.

In a bowl, on medium speed, beat eggs and sugar for about 3 minutes. Add oil, sour cream, poppy seeds and the combined baking soda with vinegar. Give it a quick mix and add sifted flour. (sorry forgot pic once flour was added.)

Pour mixture into pan and bake 18-20 minutes. (Check center of cake for readiness with a toothpick, if it comes out clean, it’s ready). Once cake is baked, take cooling rack and put it over the pan, holding together the pan and rack flip pan. This way you don’t need to worry about cake breaking. Cool cake completely before cutting.

poopyseed cake

Mix dulce de leche (cooked condensed milk) with butter. Set aside. {See note below for instructions how to make homemade dulce de leche}.

In a Ziploc bag, with a rolling pin, crush graham crackers. Blend wafers with blender. Mix everything together.

crushing the wafers

Cut cake according to personal preference. I sliced mine into 10 strips vertically. Then into 3 equal parts horizontally. They will be rather large this way. (If you prefer thinner pieces you can do 12 strips vertically by 3 horizontally. Or do 10 vertically and 4 horizontally for more of a square look.)

Take a bar and with a butter knife completely cover with coating.

dipping bars in coating

Then dip into the crumbs. Do 3 to 4 bars at a time. Once you completely finish with all bars the coating will thicken and it will be easier to shape bars if any are a bit disfigured. Keep covered for softness

poopy seed bars

Poppy seed Bars

Poppy seed bars dipped in a dulce de leche coated with crushed crackers and wafers. 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: poppy seed bars
Servings: 30 - 40 bars(palochki)
Calories: 97

Ingredients

  • Cake-
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp baking soda + ½ tsp vinegar
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • Coating-
  • 1 can dulce de leche, 14oz, cooked condensed milk
  • 1 stick butter, room temp
  • Crumbs-
  • 1 pack graham cracker, 9 crakers
  • 4 vanilla wafers, optional
  • 4 chocolate wafers, optional
  • 4 strawberry wafers, optional

Instructions

  • Spray 9x13 pan with baking spray. Preheat oven to 355°F.
  • In bowl, on medium speed, beat eggs and sugar for about 3 minutes. Add oil, sour cream, poppy seeds and the combined baking soda with vinegar. Give it a quick mix and add sifted flour.
  • Pour mixture into pan and bake 18-20 minutes. (Check center of cake for readiness with a toothpick, if it comes out clean, it’s ready). Once cake is baked, take cooling rack and put it over the pan, holding together the pan and rack flip pan. This way you don’t need to worry about cake breaking. Cool cake completely before cutting.
  • Mix dulce de leche (cooked condensed milk) with butter. Set aside. {See note below for instructions how to make homemade dulce de leche}.
  • In a Ziploc bag, with a rolling pin, crush graham crackers. Blend wafers. Mix everything together.
  • Cut cake according to personal preference. I sliced mine into 10 stripes vertically. Then into 3 equal parts horizontally. They will be rather large this way. (If you prefer thinner pieces you can do 12 strips vertically by 3 horizontally. Or do 10 vertically and 4 horizontally for more of a square look.)
  • Take a bar and with a butter knife completely cover with coating.
  • Then dip into the crumbs. Do 3 to 4 bars at a time. Once you completely finish with all bars the coating will thicken and it will be easier to shape bars if any are a bit disfigured. Keep covered for softness.
Nutrition Facts
Poppy seed Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 97 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Valentina's Corner

Show 13 Comments
  • Elena 05/06/2019, 11:40 am Link Reply

    Hi Valentina. Can you serve these right away or do they have to saturate for some time?

    • Valentina's Corner 05/06/2019, 2:14 pm Link Reply

      My favorite way to enjoy the bars is immediately, so good. But they can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container. Enjoy, Elena.

  • Olena 07/03/2018, 4:33 pm Link Reply

    I need help choosing between these and the zakarpatskiye palchiki? Which one do you recommend for s party?

    • admin 07/03/2018, 7:45 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Olena. Depends on what you like more?. Zakarpatski palochki are great if you like chocolate. These poppy seed ones are so so good and my pick because I LOVE dulce de leche and poppy seed. 🙂 I’d love to hear back what you make and how it went. 🙂

  • Ziz'ka 06/11/2015, 2:45 pm Link Reply

    Great recipe. I would definitely make it. I have one question, for how long those poppy seed bars can stay ? I am planning to have a big party in two weeks but because of cooking I can not make them a night before. Can they stand for 3 days and still have same texture and taste? Thank you

    • admin 06/12/2015, 12:20 pm Link Reply

      Ziz’ka,
      I think you will like it. You can definitely do this in advance. Bake the cake 3 days in advance. Cup and coat it 2 days and just keep covered really well. 🙂 It’s very very quick and so flavorful.. Have a great party..

      • Ziz'ka 06/15/2015, 1:41 pm Link

        Thank you

      • Ziz'ka 07/09/2015, 8:18 am Link

        So, finally I made it for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. It is delicious. I made it as a cake not as poppy seed bars. So l like cake itself. SO delicious (I am fan of poppy seeds). And dulce de leche cream – delicious ( one addition I did, i mixed a little bit of heavy whipped cream because I was making it as a cake). Cream and base cake is extremely delicious. Plus i did put strawberries between layers – which came out delicious as well. (sour + sweet = delicious) Thank you for your recipe. Love it. May God bless you and of course waiting for more and more delicious recipes.

      • admin 07/09/2015, 4:45 pm Link

        Oh my, your version sounds SUPERB!. I am soo going to try making it your way.. 🙂 🙂 Happy Birthday to your Princess..

  • Valentina 04/26/2015, 10:42 am Link Reply

    Made these last night for a gathering and was pretty impressed with the outcome. Very delicious and super moist! My husband loves poppyseeds and tried them and said well stop by costco and grab something for the gathering because he wants me to leave these for him 🙂 I recently discovered your blog and this is the 3rd recipe I tried in the past week and so far everything has turned out delicious. Thank you for your time and recipes!

    • admin 04/27/2015, 1:58 pm Link Reply

      Valentina, Oh thank you so much for the lovely comment. I doubt my creations frequently so it’s really great to hear they are enjoyed:). And am loving your hubby’s Costco idea, totally something my hubs would say;)..

  • Sofiya Torchilo 12/27/2014, 5:55 pm Link Reply

    Thank you so much for the recipe. My family loved these at Christmas time. They have a different kind of taste. I love it! Thank you!

    • admin 12/27/2014, 11:11 pm Link Reply

      Well Thank You Sofia. I am Very Happy to hear you enjoyed it:). My kids made them for XMas too. I gave them each a bowl. They had SO much fun coating them (cleanup wasn’t as entertaining though, haha ;)..)

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