Hamentashen are cookies filled with delightful fillings. These are delightful cookies you can fill with anything your heart desires. These triangle shaped cookies are traditionally filled with poppy seeds, prune preserves, apricot preserves. I have typically with a bunch of other ladies fill these with strawberry preserves, apricot preserves, and chocolate chips. I can honestly say out of all of the cookies in my life, I have made this particular recipe more than any other in my life.
Hamentashen are triangle-shaped cookies filled with the most delightful ingredients. They traditionally contain poppy seeds (the oldest and most traditional Hamentashen variety), prune preserves, or apricot preserves. With a bunch of other ladies, I have typically filled them with strawberry preserves, apricot preserves, or chocolate chips. But really, the center can be anything your heart desires. I’m particularly fond of apricot Hamentashen. I can honestly say that out of all of the many cookies in my life, I have made this particular cookie recipe more times than any other.
The History of Hamentashen
Hamentashen are usually made in the early spring to commemorate the Jewish holiday of Purim. These cookies are named after Haman, the villain in the Purim story as described in the Book of Esther. In fact, these cookies are often known as Haman’s Ears and they are supposed to symbolize this defeated enemy of the Jewish people. Knowing the story behind these cookies makes them even more fun and interesting to make and share. You can read more about the history behind these traditional cookies by clicking here.
The Hamentashen Dough
If your dough is coming out crumbly, try adding a little more oil or some egg. My recipe is designed to be parve, so if you want your cookies to be parve, you cannot use butter.
There is something fabulous about holiday traditions, so you may have a different Hamantashen recipe handed down to you from your Great Great Grandmother. For instance, some Hamantash are made with yeast and are much more breadlike. Other recipes add orange and lemon zest. My Russian family wouldn’t consider these real Hamentashen because they are sweet and aren’t filled with poppy seeds or prunes. However, whatever your tradition, when it comes to Hamantashen, it’s all good! For more Hamentashen recipes, click here.
Traditional Holiday Cookies
I also wonder if you have any cookies that you make at certain times of the year? I know for me the holidays are never complete without Seven Layer Cookies. Here are a few more Jewish holiday recipes for you to enjoy
Blueberry Pecan Rugelach Seven Layer – “AKA” Hello Dolly Cookies
Hamentashen – Cookies for Spring
Seven Layer – “AKA” Hello Dolly Cookies