Recipe courtesy of Gale Gand

Hamentaschen

These are a traditional Jewish or Israeli cookies associated with the holiday of Purim. The name translates to Hamen's hat or Hamen's pockets or Hamen's ears in Hebrew. The three-cornered shape refers to the shape of Hamen's hat. You'll see three different fillings traditionally: poppy seed, apricot and prune. These will keep one week in an airtight container. They also freeze well.
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 59 min
  • Prep: 45 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 14 min
  • Yield: 35 cookies
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Ingredients

Filling:

2 cups finely chopped dried apricots

1 1/3 cups orange juice

2/3 cup honey

1/2 orange, zest grated

Dough:

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup cold unsalted butter

2/3 cup sugar

1 egg

1 egg white

Directions

Special equipment:
2 1/2 to 3-inch round cookie cutter
  1. To make the Filling: Place the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until soft and the liquid is absorbed. Add water, if needed. Let cool.
  2. To make the Dough: Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, egg, egg white, and orange zest. Add it to the processor and pulse to mix, being careful not to over mix. Divide into 2 disks and chill 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Roll out the dough on a floured work surface to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out 2 1/2 to 3-inch disks. (You can re-roll the scrapes to make more disks.) Place a disk of dough down and place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center. Pinch the disk in 3 places to form a triangular shape with the filling still showing in the center. They will look like 3 cornered hats. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Continue until all the disks are made.
  5. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.

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