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Yummy, Yummy Hamantaschen!

Updated: Feb 12

What's Purim without Hamantashen? Hamantashen are traditional three-sided Purim pastries with filling hidden inside. They are said to resemble Haman’s Hat (or some say, his ears.)


Purim emphasizes the importance of seeing the hidden hand of G-d in our lives and the hidden aspects of the world around us - Things aren’t always as they seem at first glance.

We remember this idea by eating treats with the yummy parts hidden inside the dough.


Check out a couple of our favorite hamantaschen recipes below - Traditional, Quick & Easy or Rainbow Hamantaschen


Traditional Hamantaschen (our favorite)

(Video Tutorial)


What you"ll need:

Mixer

Rolling Pin

Circular cookie cutter (a cup or empty can will work as well!)


Ingredients:


1 1/2 C margarine softened

1 C Sugar

2 Eggs

6 T Orange Juice

1 T Vanilla

2 tsp Baking Powder

4 1/2 C Flour


Filling of Choice (we love nutella, cookie dough, pie filling (🍒 🫐 🍎 🍋 🍓 ) and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups!)


Instructions:


In a mixer, cream sugar and margarine.

Beat in eggs.

Lower speed and mix in orange juice and vanilla.


Combine baking powder and flour and gradually add to mixing bowl until a dough forms.

Refrigerate for at least an hour (usually the longer you can refrigerate the better! We like to leave it in the fridge over night).


Roll out dough and cut into 3 inch circles.

Add filling in center.

Pinch edges tightly from the middle while making a triangle.

Bake 8-10 minutes at 375 F until (very) lightly brown. Watch carefully as they go from done to burnt very quickly!






Quick & Easy Hamantaschen


What you"ll need:


Whisk and Mixing Bowl or Mixer

Rolling Pin

Circular cookie cutter (a cup or empty can will work as well!)



Ingredients:


4 Eggs

1 1/2 C Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 C Oil

1/2 C Cream Cheese (or parve cream cheese)

5 1/2 C Flour


Instructions:


Whip all ingredients together except the flour.

Add flour slowly as needed.

Refrigerate for 10 min.

Roll out dough and cut into 3 inch circles.

Add filling in center.

Pinch edges tightly while making a triangle.

Bake at 350 F until light brown




Rainbow Hamantaschen

(Video Tutorial)


What you"ll need:


Hamantaschen Dough (either recipe above or your own)

Ziplock Bags

Food Coloring

Rolling Pin

Circular cookie cutter (a cup or empty can will work as well!)


Instructions:


Separate dough into individual bags. Add food coloring and begin kneading in the bag. Once the color begins to dye the dough take it out of the bag and continue kneading in your hand.


Roll "snakes" of each color and line one after another. Press down and then roll dough out with a rolling pin. Cut into 3 inch circles.


Add filling in center.


Pinch edges tightly from the middle while making a triangle.


Bake 8-10 minutes at 375 F until lightly brown.





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