It is almost Purim time! That means it is time to bake Hamantaschen. Hamantaschen are triangle shaped cookies filled with jam or jelly. The triangle shape is commemorative of Haman’s (the bad guy) hat. For more information on the holiday of Purim go here. But onto the cookies….
A dear friend Elissa passed this recipe onto me and I have to say it is DELISH!
- 1/2 cup sweet butter (softened)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour (I use one cup unbleached white flour and one cup of white whole wheat flour)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Cream the softened butter with the sugar. Then add the orange zest, orange juice and the egg. Beat until fluffy.
- Add the baking powder, salt and flour. Blend well.
- Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour (I made the dough in the morning before work and baked them up much later that night. Somewhere around 10pm actually)
- Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick
- Cut into 3 inch circles
- Place no more than 1 teaspoon of filling in the middle.
- FOLD the three sides together to make the triangle shape. (Folding seems to stay together for me better than pinching but if you want to pinch, go ahead. For a good demo of the folding process go here.)
- Brush with an egg wash made of one egg lightly beaten with a teaspoon of water mixed in.
- Bake at 400* for 10 – 12 minutes
- Cool a few minutes on the tray and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
I have been told they freeze well but they never last long enough here for that. Also it should be noted that my kids have decreed that they prefer the Hamantaschen without the orange zest, just the juice.
This is where you can get super creative or go traditional. Traditional fillings include Raspberry or Apricot preserves, prune, or poppy seeds. This year I did blackberry, raspberry, nutella and a preserve that is mixed blackberry and peaches. The nutella works really well as it doesn’t spread. The blackberry worked well too. I used a fruit spread that is 100% fruit and is very thick. Dickinson’s is the brand name but any all fruit spread will work. The raspberry was Polaners and while it worked the Dickinson’s worked better. At least for me. Have fun experimenting with different fillings.
** I just ran this recipe without the fillings through a calorie counter at Myfitnesspal.com and assuming the recipe makes 20 Hamantaschen (that’s the number I got when I made the last batch) each one is 125 calories. Just in case you wanted to know. **