Poppy Seed Bars

Poppyseed cake cut into bars and coated with a dulce de leche cream and wafer crumbs. Such an easy and quick recipe.

The bars are so soft, delicious and great for any occasion, especially for parties or Holidays just like Zakarpatski Palochki.

Poppy seed bars laid out on a plate with a graham and wafer coating.

The softest poppy seed cake bars dredged in a dulce de leche cream and coated with water and graham cracker crumbs. They taste like a really good cake but in individual-sized pieces.

The bars were an inspiration of our love for poppy seed in desserts (like our roulade and cake) and our love for anything dulce de leche (like our korzinki and popular raspberry cake).

Poppy seed bar bitten into being held in a hand.

TIPS for making poppy seed bars-

When dredging the bars into the cream, with a spatula, remove any excess cream or you won’t have enough cream and the bars will taste too rich. TIP- If you do enjoy your dessert really rich, make 1 ½ portion of the cream and generously coat the bars.

If you don’t have a hand-held blender, the wafers and graham crackers may be crushed in a Ziploc bag with a rolling pin.

The bars are great to make ahead of time. The cake may be baked up to 3 days in advance and stored in an airtight container. Finish making the bars 2 days in advance.

I hope you enjoy the video of us making the bars, I absolutely HATE being in front of the camera, so this is me coming out of my shell BIG TIME! We had so much fun bringing the video to life. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Give these sweet dessert bars a try. They are especially fun to make with the kids if you enjoy baking with the kids.

Please leave us feedback in the comments below if you make the dessert. We love hearing from you.

Poppy seed bars topped with a graham cracker crumb topping stacked on top of each other.

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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: 35 servings
Calories: 97kcal




  • 14 oz cooked condensed milk
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temp


  • 1 pack graham cracker, 9 crakers
  • 4 vanilla wafers, optional
  • 4 chocolate wafers, optional
  • 4 strawberry wafers, optional


  • Preheat oven to 355°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, beat the eggs and sugar. Add in oil, sour cream, poppy seeds, baking soda, and vinegar. Give a quick mix and sifted flour. Lightly fold in the flour until well incorporated.
  • Add mixture into the prepared baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes. Once baked add to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  • Combine together cooked condensed milk and softened butter. Set aside.
  • With a hand blender, crush the graham crackers and wafers. Combine in a bowl, set aside.
  • Cut the poppy seed cake into either bars or strips. All equal sizes.
  • Coat the poppy seed bars into the dulce de leche cream. (Do not overcoat the bars or you will not have enough cream.)
  • Then dip into the crumbs. Keep covered for softness.
  • Enjoy.
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.

This recipe was originally posted, December of 2013 and is being updated with new images in July of 2019.

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  • Barb 08/02/2019, 6:38 pm Link Reply

    This looks great! But too many carbs/sugars for a diabetic. I really just wanted to tell you that you did a great job in the video. You shouldn’t hate it so much. You’re good at it! And your kids are adorable!

    • Valentina's Corner 08/03/2019, 10:47 am Link Reply

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Barb, so sweet. This definitely isn’t the healthiest recipe on our blog, sorry.. 🙂

  • 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

      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 T. 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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