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    Hamantashen

    Hamantashen. Photo by LilPinkieJ

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    Cook Time:

    35 mins

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    15 mins

    Susiecat too's Note:

    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!

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 18

    Yield:

    cookies

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Place rack in upper third of oven. Preheat to 350°F Line baking sheets with parchment paper, or grease them.
    2. 2
      Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
    3. 3
      In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add egg and mix 1 minute.
    5. 5
      Mix in orange juice, vanilla and almond extracts.
    6. 6
      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.).
    7. 7
      Divide the dough in half; it will be very sticky.
    8. 8
      Cover 1 portion with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Place other half between sheets of floured wax paper and roll to 1/8 inch thick.
    9. 9
      Use a 3-inch circle cookie cutter or biscuit cutter, cut circles.
    10. 10
      Using a floured spatula, pick up circles and place on prepared baking sheets.
    11. 11
      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.
    12. 12
      Place 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets.
    13. 13
      Repeat with remaining dough, rerolling scraps and cutting out as many circles as possible.
    14. 14
      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.
    15. 15
      Cool 5 minutes and remove to racks to finish cooling.
    16. 16
      May be stored, airtight, for several days.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 02, 2008

      55

      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 :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Hamantashen

    Serving Size: 1 (49 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 18

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 172.8
     
    Calories from Fat 50
    29%
    Total Fat 5.6 g
    8%
    Saturated Fat 3.3 g
    16%
    Cholesterol 25.3 mg
    8%
    Sodium 145.6 mg
    6%
    Total Carbohydrate 27.9 g
    9%
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    2%
    Sugars 11.8 g
    47%
    Protein 2.6 g
    5%

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    pie filling

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