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Catholic Recipe: Poppy Seed Cookies


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Israel

The Jews have a Hebrew expression about good food in general, but about Purim sweets in particular, Tahm Gan Eden, which means the taste, or flavor, of the Garden of Eden. One of the Purim sweets is the Poppy Seed Cooky. This is a good treat for the feast of St. Martha, patron saint of the kitchen.


Scald the milk, cool, and then soak the poppy seeds in it. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing well. Drop from a teaspoon on a greased cooky sheet. Bake at 350° F. for about twenty minutes — until lightly browned on the bottom. To brown the tops, run under the broiler for a few seconds, watching that they do not burn.

Recipe Source: Feast Day Cookbook by Katherine Burton and Helmut Ripperger, David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1951
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