my sister and i as queen esther and vashti circa 1990. i’m the little nibbit in yellow and if you don’t get my little quip–read up on purim.
my favorite part of pretty much every jewish holiday is the food and purim is no exception. hamantacshen are definitely on my list of top five favorite cookies. so i was uber excited when my 2ndgradeteacher roommate was making them with her class and had to make a few practice and leftover batches.
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
cookie sheets/parchment paper
for dough: sift flour, baking powerder and salt. in mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). add egg and mix 1 minute. mix in orange juice and vanilla. add flour mixture and mix until incorporated. shape into a flat disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm enough to roll out, at least 15 minutes. dough may be refrigerated up to 2 days.
jsm doing all the hard work (i just filled and pinched! er, and ate…)
divide dough in half, it will be sticky. place 1/2 between sheets of floured wax paper and roll to about 1/8 inch thick. use a floured round cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to cut circles. (a clean, empty tuna can with both ends removed works well!). move circles to cookie sheets before filling.
use about 1 tsp of filling (or one square of chocolate or hershey kiss) for each. you can buy canned pie filling at the grocery store or use a thick preserve.
pinch corners together to create the shape of haman’s hat.
bake at 350° for about 15 minutes. and voila—deliciousness in an evil little hat!
and just a little added purim celebration:
i love the nod to mishloach manot.