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New Recipes for Purim Hamantashen

Hamantashen is the traditional Purim pastry. A triangular shaped sugar-type cookie, Hamantashen is usually filled with either prunes or poppy seeds. If you are looking for a way to modernize your Purim cookie, you can try out some of these easy and delicious Hamantashen alternatives.

Tasty Hamantashen Recipe

This is the best basic Hamantashen recipe around. The sweet flavoring from the orange juice and orange zest pairs up perfectly with a fruit preserves - try apricot or strawberry.

  • 4 c flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 c butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 T orange juice
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t finely chopped orange zest


Preheat oven to 350º.

Lightly grease cookie sheets with vegetable spray and set aside.

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat on high. Add more juice or flour, as necessary, to achieve the right consistency. Roll dough into a ball and divide into four parts.

Roll out each part to about 1/8-inch thickness. Using a round cookie cutter or the open end of a glass, cut out 3-inch circles.

Put 1/2 a teaspoon in the center of the circle and then fold the right and left sides into the middle, leaving a bit of space for the filling to poke through. Bring up the bottom side and pinch the edges together.

Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

No Fuss Fillings

If you're looking for a no-bake, no-fuss filling for your Hamantashen, try one of these. They'll work great with any cookie recipe:

  • Reese's mini peanut butter cups
  • Hershey's kisses
  • Nutella spread
  • Raspberry Preserves
  • Chocolate chips - white or dark
  • Slightly crushed M&Ms
  • Junior Mints (great in a Chocolate Hamantashen)

More Hamantashen recipes:

Chocolate Hamantashen
Gooey Brownie Filling (Hamantashen)
Reece's Peanut Butter Cup Filling (Hamantashen)

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Related Articles:
The Story of Purim
Mishloach Manot (Purim Gift Baskets)
Drink 'Til You Drop
Hamantashen Recipes for Purim
Purim in Israel

Add Comment
Alice Marie Bair
22:44 04/06/2010
Recipe for Bible Study
Jane from Texas, US
19:44 02/23/2010
I will be making Hamantsshen for Purin and I know I will love it..Thank you for the wonderful recipe.. You have a wonderful web site. Shalom
Betty from Ohio, US
17:30 02/23/2010
read this ok?

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