Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hamentashen (Jewish Cookies) Filled Fruit

Hamentashen Jewish Cookies Fruit Filled


Not bad for an Italian, but need lots more practice here!



Hamentashen are triangle fruit cookies served and eaten during the Jewish holiday of Purim which falls this year on March 20th for two days this year. They are recognizable for their three-cornered shape, a symbol of “Hamen”, a villain in the Purim. a colleague of mine requested these for her birthday, I was so excited to learn about this cultural tradition and now it will be a regular for me on my cookie tray. A delicious treat...wishing Maureen many more happy birthdays and thank you for introducing me to this wonderful cookie!

1-1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar (I also tried using half brown sugar and they came out great!)
2 eggs
6 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon orange zest

several suggestions for jams would be apricot, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, pineapple,  blueberry, nutella, poppyseed filling  or prune.

 In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the orange juice and vanilla. Mix in the baking powder, then gradually stir in the flour until the dough forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375 F . Lightly grease cookie sheets and set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into 3-inch circles using a cookie cutter with a pretty edging  or drinking glass. Place circles directly on a parchment papered cookie sheet. Spoon 1 teaspoon of filling onto the center of each circle.To fold into the shape of a hamentashen (a triangle) see below.


Slide two fingers from left hand under left side and two fingers from right hand under right side and two thumbs under the bottom of circle.
Bring all fingers (with dough) together to form a triangle and  pinch to close. I didn't pinch hard enough!

Repeat this process with remaining circles and dough.

 Note: The cookies may be refrigerated for an hour or for a quick 15 minutes frozen on the cookie sheets if desired to help retain their shape while cooking, oh by the way had I used this tip from a friend they would have kept their shape better!

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until light golden brown. These are best undercooked slightly. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. These cookies are a wonderful Jewish tradition and very very delicious even though they aren't perfect triangles!

21 comments:

Laurie Alves said...

Claudia, They are beautiful. They look like little jewels! Their dough is similar to thumbprint dough. Very Nice :)

My Little Space said...

What a beauty! Wiosh I can have some right now. Have a great day.
Kristy

Anncoo said...

I love these Jewish cookies, they look very pretty!

Umm Mymoonah said...

Yummy cookies, looks very attractive.

Belinda @zomppa said...

These are adorable and so festive! Love the colors.

Trix said...

I first learned about hamentaschen from Poppa Trix - he said Purim was a fun holiday for little kids, not like the more serious high Jewish holidays (not so much fun for a kid!). Supposedly the cookies are made in the shape of Hamen's hat - they can also be filled with poppy seeds, a delicious variation.

Claudia said...

I also love these and find them surprisingly easy. I missed the boat with Purim this year but it's not too late. My kids love these as much as chocolate chip cookies! Kudos to your cookies!

Emily Malloy said...

This is amazing. I love how beautiful they are!

Kate @ Diethood.com said...

Hamentashen cookies are so good! Your first time at them and they look yummy good! Bravo Claudia, as always!

Mrs V said...

I think these look amazing.. and fun to make and use different flavors! Thanks for the great idea.

Patsyk said...

I didn't manage to make any this year... and yours are making me wish I had! They look gorgeous!

Swathi said...

Claudia they looks beautiful. I have seen similar recipe in Deb's blog

Joanne said...

They seem very easy and look adorable. I'll have to try them.

ARLENE said...

One of my secretaries used to bring me these every year; I love them! Thanks so much for the recipe. I'm going to try them. You did a great job, Claudia.

Design Wine and Dine said...

I love how I ALWAYS learn something when I visit your blog. I truly appreciate that more than you know!!!

I have had these cookies and I love them! Despite you saying you need practice - I think they're beautiful!

Spicie Foodie said...

Good job Claudia! They look so yummy and remind me of Polish kolacky. I have an addiction for these types of cookies.

Reeni said...

What pretty little cookies! Well-done!

redkathy said...

What do you mean, not bad for an Italian... You are so good at baking cookies I swear you could make a delicious cookie from sea weed and sand!

Sweet and Savory said...

Claudia, we have to do battle over mine and yours. I think yours are just right. Perfect is not the goal. If they are triangles, they are just what you want. I love yours.

Magic of Spice said...

These are adorable, and addicting I am sure :)

Katty's Kitchen said...

I've wanted to make these for years and keep hesitating because I know they're fussy. Thanks for encouraging/inspiring me to give 'em a try!