Many years ago while I was visiting Akron, Mrs. Clar arrived at my mother's house with these delicious poppy seed cookies, and happily wrote out the recipe. Mrs. Clar died last year, but I'll always remember her warm smile, gregarious personality and her stories, which were every bit as good as her cookies.
These are buttery cookies, not too sweet and wildly addicting. Good thing the yield is high; depending on how big you cut them, you can easily get 70 cookies from this batch. And, they are so easy to make that you just need one bowl and a pair of hands to put the recipe together.
Start by combing all the ingredients in a bowl.
I used my Kitchen Aid, but the recipe says to mix everything with your hands.
Pat the dough evenly in a sheet pan. I lined it with aluminum foil for easy clean-up.
Sprinkle the poppy seeds on top.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
Cut into squares while the cake is still hot.
Below is the note card with the recipe. I followed it exactly, using butter instead of shortening.