|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 22g||28%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||21%|
|Total Carbohydrate 66g||24%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 28g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||12%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This recipe for Jewish hamantaschen cookies shaped like a tri-cornered hat is representative of Haman's hat. Haman is the antagonist in the story of Queen Esther who saved her people, the Jews, from being killed by the edict of the evil Haman. The story is detailed in the bible, in the book of Esther. The word "Purim" refers to Haman having cast the pur (the lot) against the Jews to no avail. The cookies are traditionally eaten for the annual holiday of Purim, which usually falls in February or March. The holiday celebrates Jewish survival.
These flaky pastries start with a pareve margarine dough (although butter can be used for a dairy meal) and are traditionally filled with apricot, prune, or poppy seed fillings. However, these days, chocolate and other fruit fillings are popular, too. It's easy to find these fillings in the baking aisles—they're typically a canned product—although some grocery stores will sell it packaged in plastic containers, too.
You can assemble these cookies using either a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
Gather the ingredients.
Cream together sugar and margarine with a hand mixer.
Add eggs and cream until smooth.
Stir in water and vanilla.
Add flour, mixing until dough forms a ball.
Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for a few hours.
Heat oven to 375 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Pinch off walnut-sized pieces of dough and roll into a ball.
Press ball between 2 pieces of waxed paper and transfer to the prepared baking sheets, spacing about an inch apart.
Place about 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle of dough.
Pinch to form a 3-cornered hat.
Bake about 15 minutes or until just starting to brown.
Using a thin spatula, carefully remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store cookies in a tightly covered container.
- Chocolate Hamantaschen Recipe: This is a dairy dish in the kosher tradition because the cocoa powder pastry dough is made with butter. It can be filled with prune, poppy seed, or apricot, but they taste so much better with raspberry, Nutella, white chocolate chunks, or chocolate peanut butter.
- Rose Water Pistachio Hamantaschen Recipe: This is another dairy cookie because the dough contains butter flavored with rose water. The surprise? A filling made with pistachio marzipan.
Why are hamantaschen eaten for Purim?
Despite the name, it's unclear if Haman ever wore a three-cornered hat, the reputed inspiration for these cookies that date to Germany in the late 1500s.
The name comes from the German mohn (poppy seed) and taschen (pockets) and the pastries were known as mohntaschen which means "poppy seed pockets" or "Haman's pockets" (hamantaschen).
The "pockets" allude to Haman's pockets supposedly being filled with bribe money, represented by "coins" of poppy seeds.
How to Store and Freeze Hamantaschen
These cookies will keep in a covered container for three to five days. For longer storage, wrap them in waxed paper and transfer to a covered container or zip-close freezer bag up to three months.