Hamantaschen or Haman’s ears are a traditional Purim treat. I know it sounds weird to eat someone’s ears, but if anyone deserved, really, Haman did. If you are familiar with the book of Esther, you’ll recall that Haman was the wicked, manipulative man who tried to annihilate the Jews. But because of Queen Esther’s bravery to take a stand for her people, the Jews were saved. Thus, the celebration of Purim.
Here’s the recipe:
- 2 sticks of butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 4 cups flour
- Apricot preserves for filling
1. Cut butter into the sugar. Blend thoroughly. Add eggs and vanilla, blending thoroughly. Add baking powder and flour 1/2 cup at time, blending thoroughly between each. (It may feel tough at the end, but try to get it all blended in…)
2. Put batter in fridge overnight or for a few hours.
3. Roll it out about 1/4 inch thick and cut circles using cookie/biscuit cutter or a drinking glass. You want your circles to be at least 3 inches wide.
4. Put about a teaspoon of preserves in the center of the circle and fold the sides to make a triangle, overlapping the sides as much as possible so only a little filling shows through the middle. I also kind of crimped the corners to seal the filling in.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until just turning golden brown. Like shortbread, you don’t want to over cook these. Put on a rack to cool before eating.