Makes about 4 dozen
Long ago, in my den mother days, a friend gave me her family's recipe for Polish kolacky. I shaped them as Haman's hats and made them for Purim. Because my family wouldn't touch poppy seed filling, preferring Chocolate to any fruit, I created my own tradition.
Bulletin! This just in! Taschen means "pockets," and Haman never wore a three-cornered hat! (You just can't believe anything you hear these days.) Matthew Goodman, the "Food Maven" columnist of the Forward, points out in Jewish Food: The World at Table that these Purim sweets were originally called mohntaschen, meaning "poppy seed pockets." Over the years the word morphed into hamantaschen ("Haman's pockets"), referring to his coat pockets, which supposedly held the lots (purim) he cast in order to choose the date for the slaughter of the Jews in his kingdom.