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.

Family Traditions

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
Cheese Blitz


Hamentashen – Cookies for Spring

You can make delicious hamentashen with this easy recipe. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 164kcal


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • Fillings of your choice : fruit preserves, chocolate, nuts


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla, beat until smooth and creamy. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder (honestly this makes all the difference in the dough). Add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixer, and blend together. This dough is a little sticky, you may need to add a bit more flour. Knead dough for about a minute before rolling out.folding hamentashen Roll out on a floured surface the thickness of the cookies should be about 1/4 of an inch, and using a round cookie cutter cut out circles. Place circles onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. You can fit about 12-15 cookies on each sheet. Fill with the filling of your choice. Fold into triangles, pinch together the corners. Brush the unbaked hamentashen with an egg wash which can be made using 1 egg and a tablespoon of water, beaten with a fork to combine. Yield: 4 1/2 dozen Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until the cookies just begin to turn golden brown.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Richard

    5 stars
    debated using butter over the oil but…… decided to stick with the recipe…… I snacked on the raw dough and commented that if the cookies baked taste as good as the cookies raw, I’ve got a new favorite.

  2. Deborah

    This is my preferred recipe as I have dairy allergies and my husband is diabetic. This cookie combines the best of both worlds for us. I use low sugar cherry, raspberry & apricot jam/preserves in mine. We love Hametashen!

  3. Stephanie

    Lora! – I was just going to leave the same comment as we just finished the Esther study by Beth Moore. What a wonderful coincidence! They were delish!

  4. julea

    receipe vary depending on what is available when you are making it and the quality of the fruit or the seedamd the diet restrictions if the peop;e eatomgb ot there d sno wrong receipe you make to your taste what is available and the humidity and temperature you bake at.

  5. C

    It looks alright, but you’re missing a few key ingredients. Where is the orange & lemon zest? they’re supposed to be citrusy cookies! (trust me, I have a recipe handed down from my great great jewish grandmother!). There is supposed to be zest & juice in the dough! 🙂

    • Stephanie

      I have seen some Hamentashen recipes that do include orange and lemon zest, all do not include it. Some are made with yeast and are far more bread like. I think your cookies handed down to you by your grandmother had the extra touch of citrus, but this recipe didn’t have that in there. My Russian family wouldn’t consider these real Hamentashen because they are sweet and these aren’t filled with poppy seeds or prunes. There is something fabulous about family traditions they are all wonderfully different. Why not share your recipe, I would love to try those cookies out.

  6. Lora

    I know these! They’re Hamen Ears. I led a Beth Moore study last summer on Esther and the recipe for these cookies was in the back of the study book. I made these cookies for the ladies who attended…they were wonderful and easy to make. Telling the story behind the cookies made them even more fun to make and share. Thanks for sharing this recipe…I think I’ll make some again this spring!

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