Classic Hamantaschen

  • Cooking and Prep: 1.5 h
  • Serves: 6
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These pastries are synonymous with Purim, and given that there are conflicting explanations of what they symbolize, it’s highly recommended that you eat at least one for every possible reason (just to be safe).


The simplest and most literal translation for the word is that it refers to “Haman’s Tash” (the Yiddish word for “pocket”), which held in it the money to bribe Achashverosh for his evil plans. Other versions suggest that the shape of the cookies signify his hat's shape or his bent ears. Regardless of which meaning you subscribe to, you can enjoy these delicious treats with the below recipe, which I received from a family friend.

Ingredients (8)


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Prepare the Hamantaschen

  1. Mix margarine, sugar, eggs, orange juice, and vanilla. Add flour, salt, and baking powder and combine until a unified dough forms.

  2. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for a half hour.

  3. Roll out the dough, cut into circles, and fill with your favorite oven-proof filling and shape. Bake it in a 350-degree oven for 25 minutes.

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