Purim is my favorite of the Jewish holidays for many reason. The first is because it is the Jewish Halloween, which -- let's face it -- is pretty cool. But the second, not so distant one, is Hamentashen. Oh yes. Delish. These little cookies are made to look like Hamen's hat, but taste like a million little bursts of goodness on your tongue.
Every year, without fail, I also search for a great recipe for these delicious, buttery cookies filled with fruit, poppy seeds, or (my favorite) Nutella. The story of Purim is the tale of how the Jewish people were saved from Haman's evil plot to have them all killed. I have never totally understood why that means we all eat his hat, but whatever. It tastes good, so I do not question.
This year, I stumbled upon my favorite recipe yet from Food.com. Even if you are not Jewish, you should still make them because wow. They are good. See below:
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
water or orange juice
poppy seed filling
Mix everything together until you have a nice dough.
Take piece by piece from the dough and roll it out with a rolling pin on a floured surface until you get a nice disk.
Taking a drinking glass, use it to make a nice circle.
Fill it up with poppy seed filling and close it in the shape of a triangle.
Bake it in a preheated 350 F degree oven for about 30 minutes. Makes 50 to 60 cookies.
Have you had this kind of cookie?
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