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Purim Goodies

Some of the nicest traditions of Purim are matanot laevyonim, the giving of gifts 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.

a la Purim on the Net


  • 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


  1. Cream the butter and sugar together in the large bowl. Add the egg yolks and continue to mix well.
  2. 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.

  3. When ready to continue, take dough out of refrigerator
  4. Turn on the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Grease the cookie sheet with the butter.
  6. Divide the dough in half. Wrap the extra half in the plastic and put back in the refrigerator.
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. 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

Makes about 12 Hamantaschen

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Sarah from Indiana, US
19:44 11/22/2010
I saw another recipe and I was wondering which one's better, yours or this one: 1 Cup Sugar 1/3 Cup oil 1/3 Cup vegetable shortening 3 eggs 1/2 Cup Orange juice 4 Cups Flour 3 tsp baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1 egg, beaten for glazing Suggested filings: Poppy, Prune, Strawberry Jam, Apricot Jam, Orange Marmalade, Cherry Pie Filing Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream sugar, oil and shortening. Add eggs and juice and mix well. Blend with dry ingredients and roll into a ball. Divide into four parts. Roll out each piece very thin (1/8 inch) on a floured board. (it works best if you refrigerate the dough for an hour first) With the rim of a cup or glass (depending upon the size you desire), cut the dough into circles Place 1/2 to 2/3 teaspoon of the filing of your choice in the middle of each circle. To shape into triangle, lift up right and left sides, leaving the bottom side down, and bring both sides to meet at center, above the filing. Lift the bottom side up to center to meet other two sides. Brush dough with beaten egg before baking. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. Yields 4 dozen. To me ya'll's sounds serious though which one do ya'll think is better?
11:57 03/02/2010
I think you should try this recipe!

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