Making Hamantaschen is Easy With This Recipe!
This easy Hamantaschen recipe for Purim is one that I have been making for years. My children and I enjoy trying new fillings for the center of the Hamantaschen.
The Jewish holiday of Purim takes place on the 14th of Adar on the Jewish calendar, which is usually falls sometime in late February to mid-March on the Gregorian calendar.
To celebrate how Queen Esther saved the Jewish people from the wicked Haman, who wanted to kill them, Jews make a cookie called hamantaschen. It shaped liked a three corner hat, also known as Haman's hat. Traditional filling is poppy seed, but any fruit can be used. Creative cooks use all kinds of chocolate and candies to make this an even tastier treat!
The dough for this recipe works best if you refrigerate it for a few hours or overnight.
I make these cookies for my children's classes every year to not only share our traditions, but to let them know about a delicious cookie they may not otherwise have eaten! I always include the recipe for my kids to hand out, as it has always been requested. One teacher told me that she makes it with her sons all the time, and she is not Jewish!
Photo by Hannah Gold
1 cup of sugar
2/3 cup oil
1 tablespoon orange juice
Heaping teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups of flour
Fillings for the center-fruit, poppy seed, jelly, pie filling, chocolate, chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, put in oil and sugar and combine. One at a time, as orange juice, vanilla and eggs. Be sure to crack the eggs into a separate bowl to make sure they are good and that no shell gets into your batter.
Add flour and baking powder.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and cut out circles. Use about 1/2 teaspoon of filling for each circle. Pinch at the corners to create a triangle shape. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let the cookie cool for a bit before eating, as the filling will be very hot.
Once you make this easy Hamantaschen recipe for Purim, you will make it again and again!