Being Jewish, one of my favorite holidays has always been Purim, which starts tonight at sundown (whoohoo!). Sometimes referred to as "the Jewish Mardi Gras" or "the Jewish Halloween," the holiday commemorates the deliverance of the Jews of ancient Persia from danger. There are costumes (as a kid, I'd dress up as the holiday story's heroine, Queen Esther), greggors (noisemakers), and feasts of delicious food, like ... Hamantaschen, a cookie made to look like the hat of Haman, the villain of the story.
If you've never had Hamantaschen, or even if you're a Purim pastry aficionado, I highly recommend you bake up a batch to enjoy STAT. With buttery dough (folded to look like a three-corner hat) and fruit filling (you can do prunes, raspberry, poppy seeds, etc.), they look cute, are actually really fun to eat, and above all, are delectable!
Easy Hamantaschen from AllRecipes.com
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 cup fruit preserves, any flavor
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until lightly and fluffy. Stir in the oil, vanilla, and orange juice. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the batter to form a stiff dough. If dough is not stiff enough to roll out, stir in more flour. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into circles using a cookie cutter or the rim or a drinking glass. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of preserves into the center of each one. Pinch the edges to form three corners.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheet before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
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