A common joke among Jews is that many holidays can be summarized with the following phrase:
"They tried to kill us. We won. Let's eat."
Purim fits this phrase quite well.
The holiday of Purim just ended and for those of you not familiar with its significance, it recognizes the “salvation” of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot to destroy, kill, and annihilate them.
This holiday is celebrated with a carnival-like party AND delicious cookies called hamantashen. The cookies are triangle in shape and filled with a variety of flavors.
The recipe that I use comes from my mother. To be quite honest, the way that this dough comes together is unusual. That said, it works perfectly and tastes delicious so I feel no need to modify it.
makes 45-50 cookies
Make the cookies: Combine eggs and butter in a small bowl.
Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl then add the eggs and butter mixture.
Mix until combined and chill for a few hours; when ready to use, let dough soften at room temperature.
Using a decent amount of flour, roll out dough to roughly 1/8" thick; using a round cookie cutter, cut 3" circles.
Fill with 2/3 teaspoon of desired filling and fold to create triangle (note: this takes practice!)
Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
1 cup melted butter (cooled)
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup sugar
4 cups AP flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp fresh orange juice
Grated rind of orange
Grated rind of lemon
Desired fillings (apricot, poppy seed, cherry, chocolate ganache, fig, etc.)
Chocolate Ganache with Almonds