These are the traditional triangular filled cookies eaten for the Jewish holiday of Purim. They are shaped like the 3-cornered hat worn by the bad guy in the story, Haman. The Purim story is from the biblical Book of Esther. OK -- history aside, these are yummy cookies! I tried 5 different recipes for hamantashen this year, and this was by far my favorite. This recipe is ever-so-slightly altered from the original, which is by Flo Braker, pastry goddess. Edited to add: the traditional fillings are spiced prune (lekvar), poppyseed, and apricot. My kids' favorites are cherry and chocolate. Do whatever makes you happy!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (I used Ultragrain, which is a whole wheat with the texture of white)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 lb butter or 1⁄4 lb margarine
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 12 ounces pie filling, of your choice (canned or homemade)
- Place rack in upper third of oven. Preheat to 350°F Line baking sheets with parchment paper, or grease them.
- Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add egg and mix 1 minute.
- Mix in orange juice, vanilla and almond extracts.
- Add flour mixture and mix until incorporated. Shape into a flat disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm enough to roll out, at least 15 minutes. (Dough can be refrigerated up to 2 days.).
- Divide the dough in half; it will be very sticky.
- Cover 1 portion with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Place other half between sheets of floured wax paper and roll to 1/8 inch thick.
- Use a 3-inch circle cookie cutter or biscuit cutter, cut circles.
- Using a floured spatula, pick up circles and place on prepared baking sheets.
- Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoons filling in the center of each circle. Press three edges together to make a triangle, leaving an opening in the center with the filling showing.
- Place 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets.
- Repeat with remaining dough, rerolling scraps and cutting out as many circles as possible.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden on the bottom. If baking more than one sheet in the oven at a time, rotate baking sheet positions after 7 minutes.
- Cool 5 minutes and remove to racks to finish cooling.
- May be stored, airtight, for several days.
These are very tasty little cookie pies. They are a bit of work, but fun to make. I added a few drops of orange extract to the dough too. I would like to make them again. Made and Reviewed for Photo Tag Game - Thanks :)