Are you familiar with Purim? It is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the Jew’s deliverance from Haman, who wanted to kill all the Jews many years ago. Just like any other feast or celebration, there is this one popular treat. In the case of Purim, it will never be complete without the so-called Hamantashen Cookies.
Now, these cookies come with a distinct shape. They are shaped like a three-cornered hat, which represents Haman’s hat. With this, the jewel-like filling inside is conveniently displayed.
What is the filling? The most traditional is poppy seed. But apricot, raspberry jam, and prune fillings can also be used. The truth is, nowadays, a lot of people are also using Nutella, strawberry-rhubarb, and honey. If you are making Hamantaschen Cookies, you can fill them up with pretty much anything you want.
Our star for today starts with Pavere margarine dough. You can then, later on, fill them with your choice of filling. You can utilize a huge variety of fruit fillings as well as chocolate if you wish to.
These cookies shaped like three-cornered hats start with pavere margarine dough and then filled with poppyseed, apricot, prune, or any other fruit fillings. They taste good with chocolate as well. They are usually eaten for the holiday of Purim, but you can certainly make them anytime.
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. margarine (at room temperature)
2 large eggs (at room temperature)
6 tbsp. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 c. all-purpose flour
***Your choice of fillings
- Combine sugar and margarine in a bowl. Add eggs and mix until smooth.
- Stir in water and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix until dough forms a ball.
- Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for a few hours.
- Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and then line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Take walnut-sized pieces of the dough and then roll them into a ball.
- Press each ball between two pieces of wax paper. Transfer to the prepared baking sheets and make sure to space them an inch apart.
- Place about 1 tsp. of your choice of filling in the center of each circle of dough.
- Pinch each circle to form a three-cornered hat.
- Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes or until they start to brown.
- Carefully remove them from the baking sheets using a spatula and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- It is important that you chill the dough for a few hours. Once it is well-chilled, it should be much easier to work with. It should not stick to your counter and tear.
- Store cookies in an airtight container.
The filling of Hamantaschen Cookies is open for experimentation. You are free to use any fruit filling that your heart desires. You can even use chocolate. I suggest you utilize different fillings to make your cookies colorful. They will surely attract everybody’s attention.
If you want, you can moisten the dough with a very little amount of egg wash before adding the filling.