Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hamantaschen Cookies

Today I have a delicious recipe for Hamantaschen that can be filled with whatever filling you desire! {Just think a cookie version of a burrito or taco}
Hamantaschen are a pocket filled cookie and are recognizable for their 3 cornered triangular shape. They are the traditional food eating during the Jewish holiday of Purim. They are usually filled with poppy seeds, prunes, apricot, apple, or any variety of fruit preserved.  I have even filled them with chocolate or marshmallows.
Why are they called Hamantaschen? The word itself is Yiddish for "Hamans pockets." Haman is the villain in the Purim story. We eat Hamantashen till today on Purim as part of the celebration of the holiday, which commemorates how the Jews escaped Haman's plans to massacre the entire Jewish population.
Why are the cookies triangularly shaped? Haman wore a 3 cornered hat.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver

What you will need:
4 eggs
½ cup oil (or 1 cup margarine)
2 tsps. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. orange juice
¾ cup sugar
4 cups flour
2 tsps. baking powder
Filling:
Strawberry preserves
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Lay parchment paper down on cookie sheets.
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat together. You may need to add a drop more juice or flour, depending on the consistency of the dough.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Roll dough into a ball and then divide into 4 equal parts. Each ball will make 1 dozen Hamantaschen.
Divide the large ball into 12 equally sized small balls.
On a floured surface, flatten one of the balls into a flat 3” diameter circle.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Place ½ to 2/3 teaspoon of your desired filling in the middle of each circle.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
To shape into a triangle, lift up right and left sides, leaving the bottom down, and bring both sides to meet at the center above the filling.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Bring the top flap down to the center to meet the 2 sides. Pinch edges together.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Place each Hamantaschen on the cookie sheets 1 inch apart and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
Hamantaschen Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver

Enjoy!
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