is the making and creating the symbolic 3-corner cookie. You can’t have Purim without a Hamantaschen and a Hamantaschen recipe is the way to go! Its easy, fun and you do not need to create them alone. Invite friends, family to join you. Fun! Fun! Involving either or creates the best of memories making Hamantaschen for Purim. A little Jewish goes a long way.
The Brief History of the Hamantaschen Recipe
It is quite a funny story on the 3-corner Hamantaschen cookie. As you learned about the Purim story, you have the hero, the king, the cousin and the villain. Well, of all the details we could focus on with a symbolic food connecting us to Purim, it is not what one would expect. Could it be Queen Esther in a Palace? Or what did Cousin Mordecai wear? What was served during the banquet that Queen Esther hosted? No, not any of those specific details. Here it is, the mystery, the connection to the Hamantaschen cookie!
The sweet filled, delicious 3-corner cookie is none other (drum roll please)…the 3-cornered HAT that The Villain, Haman wore.
Questions and mystery solved!
We enjoy a cookie based on the Villain who was known in the Purim Story
not liking the Jews very much.
He worked out a plan, but he was discovered.
Cousin Mordecai reached Esther, now Queen, what Haman was planning.
Find out all the details in the Purim Story.
Of course, you will need to the full story.
Hamantaschen Recipe – the Cookie
So, the Purim Groggers drown out the name of Haman during the Megillah, Scroll of Esther reading. Then, the 3-cornered cookie has a sweet center for a sweet blessing of joy. Who doesn’t enjoy a good tasting cookie with a special surprise in the middle? The blessing – to celebrate the success of Queen Esther’s Quest. To save her people and so she did.
Note: For food allergies; gluten sensitive, plant based, vegan, vegetarian and kosher, alter the recipe to your needs. Spelt Flour, Agave and Earth Balance combine and bake well. Spelt flour is a good alternative flour for those with sensitive stomachs.
Baking Sheet Tip: Use or purchase a Slip Pat product. Perfect for baking cookies. Clean up is a breeze. Follow directions on the Slip Pat box how to care for it after each baking.
May Need: Rolling pin, rolling dough type board for rolling dough, Egg Wash Brush (yes, it does exist).
- 3/4 Cup of Sugar
- 2 Cups of Flour
- 2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup of oil, butter or margarine
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4 cup of cold water
Additions: water, and flour will be needed when dough is rolled and to form 3-corner cookie. Egg wash or product of choice for browning cookies when baking.
Prune butter, or apricot, or berry Jelly, or chocolate, or chocolate chips or nuts, or raisins. Your choice. Nuts with Prune butter, apricot, or berry Jelly is a nice combination taste after baking. S-mores inspired is a nice filling as well.
Cookie Dough Instructions:
- Mix the dry ingredients into a bowl.
- Then add the oil, butter or margarine.
- Followed with the beaten egg, mix.
- Then add a little of the cold water at a time.
- Dough should not be too watery and not too dry. Should create a ball of dough.
- Roll out the dough using flour to control between too dry or too wet as well.
- Take a wide mouth drinking glass and use on rolled out dough creating circles.
Dough Circles with Filling:
- Add a dollop or teaspoon size of soft filling and any additions i.e. chips, nuts, raisins, etc.
3-Corner Cookie Instructions: Creating a triangle
- Pinch or grab the dough on the right side of the circle. Use the water for the dough to stick together created a pointy corner
- Repeat the left side of the circle. Repeat with the water.
- You can grab both sides. It will create the flat bottom, 2 corners of the cookie
- Use water to pinch the top of the circle. You should see a triangle shape cookie, 3-corners, being formed.
- Brush egg wash on cookie for browning cookie. Use alternative product or egg white for dietary or food allergy needs.
- Place cookies on Slip-Pat Baking Sheet. See Baking tip above on Slip Pat product.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees or 400 degrees. Ovens vary.
- Bake for 30 minutes or shorter if cookies brown quicker in your oven.
After Baking Note: When using Agave type product, cookies taste best after refrigeration as opposed to warm cookies right out of the oven.
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