Cookies were often made in stick shapes for Purim to denote the finger of accusation pointed at the Jews by Haman. Children often would have the cookie represent a character in the Megillah and act out the story with their pastry. The addition of the poppy seeds or MOHN to this sweet is very common in Israel as are other dishes using this seed.
3 3/4 cup flour
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut oil
Zest 1 lemon, grated
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, soda, salt and poppy seeds in a bowl and set aside.
2. Cream sugar and oil on high speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, zest, juice, and vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined.
3. Stir in flour mixture and mix well.
4. Lightly oil your hands and then divide dough into four portions. Lightly handle each portion as you form a loose log that is about 10 inches long and 2 inches wide. Place 2 logs on each parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Gently shape the soft dough into a uniform log that is now probably 12 inches long.
5. Sprinkle the tops of the loaves with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
6. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes, or until edges are golden brown,.
7.Remove the loaves from the oven. Let cool for 5 minutes. Slice horizontally into 1/2 inch cookies. Place cut side up and bake for another 5 minutes. Turn cookies over and bake for another 5 minutes. Cool and then store in air tight container for 2 weeks or freeze.