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Hamantashen

January/February 1994

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The traditional cookie for Purim, hamantashen is Yiddish for "Haman's pockets." They are meant to recall the story of Haman, a wicked Persian prince who wished to destroy the Jews but was foiled by Mordecai and Esther.


Hamantashen Recipe

Makes: About 4 dozen cookies

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Ingredients

Filling

  • 3/4 cup pitted prunes
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped apple
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

Preparation

  1. To make filling: Combine prunes, raisins and water in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat until the prunes are tender but still firm and liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the prune mixture, apples, walnuts, sugar, lemon juice and zest in a food processor; process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. To make cookies: Beat sugar, oil and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed in a medium bowl until smooth. Add egg and beat until smooth. Add vanilla and beat until blended. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in another medium bowl. Using a wooden spoon, stir the dry ingredients into the sugar mixture until just combined. Gather the dough together into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and flatten slightly. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment or coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Divide the dough in half. (Refrigerate the other half.) Roll out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Cut the dough into circles using a 2 1/2-inch-diameter cookie cutter. Place 1/2 teaspoon of the filling in the center of each circle. Bring the edges together to cover the filling, forming a 3-cornered cookie. Pinch the corners together to seal.
  6. Place the cookies about 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the tops are golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: The filling (Steps 1 & 2) can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept, covered, in the refrigerator. The dough (Step 3) can be made up to 1 day ahead. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Per cookie: 59 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 6 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 g fiber; 17 mg sodium; 37 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1/2 fat



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Recipe Categories

Ethnic/Regional
Jewish
Health & Diet Considerations
Diabetes appropriate
Low carbohydrate
Ease of Preparation
Moderate
Total Time
More than 1 hour
Meal/Course
Snack
Dessert
Servings
8 or more
Preparation/ Technique
Bake
Publication
January/February 1994

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