Some of the nicest traditions of Purim are matanot laevyonim, the giving ofgifts to the poor, and mishloach manot, the giving of gifts of food to friends and family.
Purim is known as a time of delicious smells emanating from the kitchen from the baking of the delicious sweets and goodies. Hamantaschen, a Purim cookie named for the three-cornered hat that Haman wore, is one of the favorites. Below is a recipe for you to make you own Hamantaschen. You can print or save the recipe for use in your kitchen.
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- 1 stick of sweet butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons ice water
- 1l/2 cups flour
- jam, apricot or prune
- butter to grease the cookie sheet
- flour to roll the dough on
- Cream the butter and sugar together in the large bowl. Add the egg yolks and continue to mix well.
- Add the ice water. Gradually stir in flour until a ball of dough is formed. Place the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for several hours or overnight.
- Turn on the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease the cookie sheet with the butter.
- Divide the dough in half. Wrap the extra half in the plastic and put back in the refrigerator.
- Roll out the dough on a clean, lightly floured surface to a 1/4" thickness. Cut it into 2" circles (use the top of a glass to "press out" the circles)
- Place 1 teaspoon of the jam in the center of each circle and fold into three-cornered cookies:
start by pressing two sides together, then fold the third side over and press the ends together.
- Place the Hamantaschen about an inch apart on the greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned along the edges
When ready to continue, take dough out of refrigerator
Makes about 12 Hamantaschen
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