Poppy Seed Squares

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.


about 8 dozen

Updated: Nov. 28, 2023
When I came across the recipe for this unique appetizer, I knew I just had to try it. Although I prepare these squares regularly, no one tires of them.—Jo Baden, Independence, Kansas


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery or mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • CRUST:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, mushrooms and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; break into crumbles. Add the soup, horseradish, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. Divide dough in half. Roll out 1 portion into a 15x10-in. rectangle; transfer to an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  3. Spoon meat mixture over crust. Roll out the remaining dough into 15x10-in. rectangle; place over filling. Bake at 425° until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cut into 96 squares.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 43 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.