A great Hamentashen recipe will only increase an authentic Purim holiday spirit. It is a cookie shaped in triangular form and can be filled in various fillings, from sweet to savory. This pastry was born within Ashkenazi Jewish community and had since been one of the trademark dishes from that culture.
- ½ cup flavorless oil like vegetable or canola oil.
- ½ cup sugar
- 2½ cup flour
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt, if using regular one then use less since Kosher salt is less salty than regular salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg, gently beaten
- Water or fresh orange juice as binder
- Fillings of your taste. Traditional Hamantaschen recipe requires poppy seed filling, however using other fillings like dates, chocolate, and even cheese will give this pastry a variety of flavor
- Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium-sized bowl. Set dry ingredients aside.
- Mix beaten egg, orange juice, sugar, and flavorless oil until thoroughly combined. Some people may ask for an easy Hamentashen recipe with butter but following Jewish dietary rules, the oil recipe is the more traditional one.
- Gradually stir in dry ingredients into wet mixture until sticky dough is formed.
- Flatten dough and wrap the bowl with plastic wrap to prevent skin from forming on top. Place it inside refrigerator or chill spot for a night.
- Preheat oven at 375ºF.
- Split chilled dough into quarters then roll each quarter until ¼ inch thick on a lightly floured area.
- Cut rolled dough in circular shape or other shape that you prefer. Diameter or width should be around 2 to 3 inches.
- Put a small dollop of filling on dough’s center then pinch up on one side.
- Shift over then pinch on two other spots to create the trademark triangular shape.
- Place cookies on top of parchment paper or silicon sheet then brush with egg.
- Bake inside preheated oven for ten to fifteen minutes.
- Serve once cooled. This cookie will survive for three to four days inside an airtight container.
- This Hamentashen recipe will make around 60 cookies.
There is no doubt that this crumbly cookie is going to make Purim celebration even more festive. Save this easy Hamentashen recipe in your cookbook!