Ever seen those triangle shaped cookies? The ones with delicious fillings – apricot, blueberry, raspberry, chocolate, poppyseed to name a few… These are called Hamentashen cookies. They are cookies in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim (aka the Jewish Halloween as some know it 😉 I’ve been making them with my mom my whole life, and when I was teaching Hebrew school years ago, I made them with my second and third graders every year. They are one of my favorite cookie recipes to bake, and I love when this time of year comes and I can experiment with fillings and recipes 😉 Here is one of my standard favorites:
(yields 12 cookies)
– 1 cup flour
– 1/3 cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
– 1 egg
– 1/2 tsp vanilla
– 1 tsp fresh orange juice
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 2 tbs oil (you can use coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, or vegetable oil)
– 12 tsp your favorite fillings (I used apricot jam and a homemade blueberry/cassis jam)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix wet ingredients and sugar
3. Mix dry ingredients separately, add slowly into wet ingredients and mix well.
4. When dough is pliable (you can add 1 tsp of flour or 1 tsp water at a time to get desired consistency), separate into 12 small balls and flatten out into circles (there should be 12). I like to do this on a floured surface to prevent sticking.
5. Add 1 tsp of your jam into each circle, then pinch the bottom left corner, bottom right corner, and top middle to create a triangle shape. Make sure each side is pinched so that it is stuck together.
6. Bake about 10-12 minutes until edges start to turn lightly brown and voila! I always err on baking less time for these because they always bake quickly for me! Enjoy and Happy Purim to all celebrating!