Becky (beckyzoole) wrote,


I read the book of Esther out loud to Woof today, with extrapolations, gestures, and funny faces. I got him to laugh out loud, score! And we ate lots of hamantashen.

Hamantashen are the traditional Purim food, triangular cookies that are supposed to look like Haman's hat. I suppose it makes sense to eat the villain's hat, if you don't think about it too long.

I tried a new recipe for hamantashen that I think may be my favorite ever. It makes a crisp, shortbread-like cookie. The traditional filling, poppyseed, is my favorite. I didn't have any this year, though, so I used mixed berry preserves. They were very good. I made 3 dozen large hamantashen with this recipe:

3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, at room temperature
3 eggs, beaten

1. Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
2. Mix in butter and eggs.
3. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut in circles (mine were about 3 inches).
4. Put a scant teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle. Fold up the sides over the filling to make a 3-cornered cookie, leaving just a peek of filling at the middle.
5. Bake on a well-greased cookie sheet or on parchment paper for 12-15 minutes at 400 F. (I used parchment paper. I have fallen in love with parchment paper. I would marry parchment paper if it were legal in this state.)

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