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Hamentashen Cookies - A Purim Treat! (לפורים (אוזני המן

A Hamantashen is a triangular filled-pocket cookie, that is eaten on the Jewish holiday of Purim. The name refers to Haman, the villain in the Purim story.

Hamantaschen are known as "oznei haman" (Haman's ears) in Israel, and are the most popular cookie sold at bakeries across Israel in the weeks leading up to the celebration of Purim each year, offering many different varieties. Poppyseeds remains the most-popular filling, with chocolate in second, and date filling coming in third in popularity. Jam and prunes which is a filling used in the US is not nearly as common.

Memories of Purim in Israel for me are simply "the most fun of all our holidays". Purim is truly a children's holiday.

In Israel it is celebrated differently than in other countries. Kids dress up in any costume much like Halloween (in other countries kids dress up like the biblical figures of the Purim holiday story). As kids we went from door to door and received candy. In 1950s Israel no one had special bags to collect the candy and we all got a pillowcase from home and filled it up.

I still remember the home made costumes my mother came up with to dress me up for our children's Purim parties in my little village. No shops existed that sold costumes during those years.

It is also customary in Israel to make Purim Baskets with a variety of cookies including Hamentashen and deliver them to friends and neighbors.

I cannot tell you how many different Hamentshen cookies I made until I came up with this one which I think is the best recipe! It is a melt in your mouth pastry and you can use it with any filling you like.

So let's get started making this delicious cookie for Purim or anytime of the year!

I have edited this recipe to include 2 options. One for traditional hamentashen and one for chocolate hamentashen filled with Nutella!

You'll need the following:

Option 1

2 cups of all purpose flour (plain flour)

½ teaspoon of baking powder

¼ - ½ cup powdered (icing) sugar depending on how sweet you like the pastry

A pinch of salt

200 grams of butter cut to into cubes

2 egg yolks (save the whites for later)

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons water

Icing/powdered sugar for dusting


Chocolate spread, Nutella, Poppyseed paste, Date spread, Apricot jam or Biscoff Cookie Dough Spread

One round 7 centimeter cookie cutter or a wide glass

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Sift flour, powdered sugar and baking powder together

In a food processor, add flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Mix lightly.

Add butter and pulse a few times until you get a consistency a little like slightly damp sand.

Add the egg yolks, vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of water. Pulse a few times and if the dough seems too dry add another tablespoon of water. Or do the same with the orange juice! I ended up using 2 tablespoons but it can vary. The dough should start to form after a few pulses.

Take dough out and form a round ball with your hands. Flour the work surface slightly. I also like to lightly dust my rolling pin with flour so the dough does not stick to it. Not too much or it will be hard to roll out.

Roll the dough out to about 4 millimeters thickness. With the cookie cutter, cut circles.

Remove the extra dough around the cut out circles, form a new ball and roll it out again. Repeat the same and use up the extra dough.

Brush the circles with a little white of an egg. This will help stick the edges together.

Using 3/4 of a teaspoon or piping it on, place the filling of your choice in the center of the cut out circle.

To make your triangle shape: Pick up the circle filled with your filing and pinch the top of the dough together.

Fold the bottom part up and pinch the two sides to close together

Line a baking tin with parchment paper. Lay all the hamentashen on the parchment paper. Pat hamentashen with your finger on top of each one to slightly flatten the dough.

Put in the freezer for 30. minutes. This helps keep them from spreading open during baking!

Place in oven for 12-13 minutes depending on your oven heat.

The hamentahsen should be slightly golden but not browned. I check mine by lifting up a cookie to see the bottom of it. If it is slightly browned and a little hard on the bottom it's done. Transfer to a rack.

Let cool on rack completely. Dust with powdered sugar


Chocolate Hamentashen Nutella filled

Option 2

2 cups of all purpose flour (plain flour)

½ teaspoon of baking powder

2 -3 tablespoons powdered (icing) sugar (depending if you like it a little sweeter. 2 tbs is not very sweet)

A pinch of salt

200 grams of butter cut to into cubes

2 egg yolks (save the whites for later)

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons water

¼ cup cocoa powder.

Heat oven to 330 degrees farenheight

Follow the same exact directions as for the original recipe above but include the cocoa powder in your dry ingredients when you add them to the food processor.

As with the previous dough add 1 - 2 tablespoons of water and judge if you need more. This amount is usually enough for my dough.

Fill with a teaspoon of Nutella and close the circles as directed in the original recipe

Freeze the Hamentashen after you fill them with Nutella for 30 minutes before you put them in the oven.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the bottom is a little hard.

Happy Purim!

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