hamantaschen on a plate

Indulging in Hamantaschen, a triangular delight filled with a variety of sweet fillings, is a cherished tradition during Purim.

This simple yet sumptuous recipe ensures a batch of perfect cookies, marrying ease with classic flavors.

Let’s delve into creating your very own batch of these festive treats.

hamantaschen on a plate

Easy Hamantaschen Recipe

Mat Stuckey
Indulging in Hamantaschen, a triangular delight filled with a variety of sweet fillings, is a cherished tradition during Purim. This simple yet sumptuous recipe ensures a batch of perfect cookies, marrying ease with classic flavors. Let’s delve into creating your very own batch of these festive treats.

Ingredients
  

Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter 12 tablespoons 170g
  • Granulated Sugar 3/4 cup 149g
  • Salt 3/4 teaspoon
  • Lemon Zest 2 tablespoons 12g
  • Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon
  • All-Purpose Flour 3 1/2 cups 420g
  • Baking Powder 2 teaspoons
  • Eggs Large 1 whole + 1 white
  • Poppy Seeds Ground 1 cup (142g)
  • Honey 2 tablespoons 43g
  • Lemon Zest 1 tablespoon 14g
  • Granulated Sugar 1/4 cup 50g
  • Milk 1 cup 227g
  • Apple Peeled, Grated 1 large

Instructions
 

Preparing the Dough:

  • Beat together butter, sugar, salt, and lemon zest until it’s light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract, flour, and baking powder to form a cohesive dough.
  • Divide the dough in half, wrap it well, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Crafting the Filling:

  • Combine poppy seeds, honey, lemon zest, sugar, milk, and apple in a small saucepan.
  • Stir constantly and bring the mixture to a boil, cooling it in the refrigerator once it thickens.

Shaping the Hamantaschen:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/8 to 1/4 inch, cutting it into circles using a 3 1/2″ round cutter.
  • Place a teaspoonful of filling in the center of each circle, then fold the edges to form a triangle, sealing them well.

Baking:

  • Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Allow them to cool on a wire rack as they will become crisp.

Enjoying:

  • Relish these traditional cookies with a modern twist, sharing the joy and flavors of Purim.

This recipe blends ease with tradition, ensuring a delightful Purim celebration. The buttery dough encases a sweet, tangy filling, offering a burst of flavors with each bite.

Your Hamantaschen will not only honor tradition but will have everyone reaching for more.

FAQ About Hamantaschen

What fillings can I use for Hamantaschen?

While the traditional filling consists of poppy seeds, honey, and apples, you can experiment with other fillings such as chocolate, fruit preserves, or even cream cheese.

Do I have to refrigerate the dough?

Yes, refrigerating the dough makes it easier to handle and helps the cookies maintain their shape while baking.

Why are Hamantaschen triangular?

The triangular shape is symbolic, representing the three-cornered hat worn by Haman, the villain in the Purim story.

Can I make a gluten-free version?

Absolutely! Swap the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Ensure you check the consistency, as you might need to adjust the liquid ingredients slightly.

How long can I store Hamantaschen cookies?

Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to three months.

By Mat Stuckey

Ex professional chef with a passion for cooking and unique flavours.

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