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Feb 18, 2009 12:18 PM

Looking for really good hamentashen recipe

Purim is coming up and in ancipation, I bought several cans of Solo filling - prune, plum, raspberry. Been cooking and baking a long time, but want to try a new dough, mine always seems to get soft or is too soft to work with. Want to use all butter, if I am spending the calories, want it to taste delicious. Thanks in advance for help!

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  1. Hi Diane. I've been making my mother's recipe for several years now (and sometimes even use the dough just to make a sweet cookie), and the hamentashen/cookies are always eaten up. All of my baking equipment is pareve, and people don't even realize that these are pareve when I make them (though they don't need to be made pareve - butter is fine, I just don't use it). I use oil in the recipe, but you can use any kind of shortening, really. With oil, I let the dough rest in the refrigerator for a bit so that it is easier to work with - and I leave whan I am not using at that moment in the fridge, only pulling what I need to roll out. You could use butter, margarine, or probably Crisco (though I've never tried it with Crisco). The honey flavor shines through, but is not heavy or overwhelming. Anyway, here it is:

    4 c. sifted flour
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 c. shortening, softened
    1 c. honey

    Sift flour, salt, baking powder into a bowl.
    Make a well, place shortening, eggs, and honey in it.
    Work together with hand until dough is formed.
    Roll out and cut into squares (or circles).
    Spoon filling into each cutout, fold, and seal edges (I found that the seal holds much better if I dip my finger in water and run it along the edge before sealing).
    Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until browned. Depending on your oven, they may be done in as little as 12-15 minutes, so check then, adjust time as needed.

    My personal favorite fillings are chocolate chips or black cherry preserves.

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    1. re: asf78

      How many eggs do you put in your recipe? I mixed my dry ingredients and then realized I didn't know how many eggs to add!

      1. re: littlebites

        Oops, sorry I left that out! That's kind of key.

        The recipe calls for 4 eggs.

    2. My mother's recipe, which I now consider to be mine, is:
      6-7 cups flour
      5 t. baking powder
      1/2 t. salt
      2/3 c. butter, shortening, or margarine
      1 c. sugar
      1/2 c. honey
      4 eggs
      2 T. lemon juice
      Mix all ingredients except flour with beater or in stand mixer. Start adding flour gradually, until dough sticks together. Roll out and cut circles. Put small amount filling in center and pinch into triangle. Bake approx. 15 minutes at 350.
      Yields approx 125 hamantashen.

      Could I recommend Simon Fischer fillings (prune & apricot) instead of canned; I have found those canned fillings to be more solid and "funny"-tasting. Admittedly, I haven't tried those flavors, but I am really a big fan of Simon Fisher jarred fillings. Just a suggestion.

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      1. re: queenscook

        here is a savory one
        Wild Mushroom and Cheese Hamentaschen

        Yields:1 dozen


        1 cup margarine/butter

        2 cup flour

        1 tbsp. Cold water

        1 tbsp white vinegar

        1 egg yolk

        pinch of salt


        1 tbsp olive oil, butter or margarine

        2 cup chopped wild mushroom (appx. 6 ozs.)

        1;3 cup chopped green onion with tops

        2 tbsp pine nuts toasted at 350 degrees until golden brown appx. 5 minutes

        1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (not Miller’s)

        Dough: In large bowl cut margarine into flour and salt with 2 knives or pastry cutter until mixture is a coarse meal. Combine water, vinegar, egg yolk and salt. Mixing by hand, gradually work liquid into mixture until evenly blended. Shape dough into ball, cover and refrigerate for 2 or more hours before rolling. Avoid over handling; keep dough cold.

        Filling: Saute mushrooms in oil until tender. Remove from heat and add green onions, pine nuts, cheese and mix.

        To make hamentaschen, roll dough out and cut into circles. Put a tsp. of filling into the center of each circle, then fold over the edge of the circle to form a triangle and pinch the corners together. The filling should be partially covered by the dough.

        Place on greased cookie sheets and bake in preheated oven at 375 for 12-16 minutes or until bottoms are very brown, If baking 2 pans in 1 oven, rotate pans after 6 minutes.

        You can use other fillings, such as spiced mashed potatoes.

        my family's one-the best!
        Yields: Appx. 2 dozen

        1 cup butter or margarine

        1 cup sugar

        4 eggs

        2 tsp. Vanilla

        4 cup flour

        4 tsp. Baking powder

        Cream butter/margarine, sugar, and eggs together. Beat in vanilla. Sift flour and baking powder, add to creamed mixture, working in thoroughly. Roll out, add filling and bake in preheated oven at 375 F until edges are brown. You can add ground almonds or other nuts to add an interesting taste and texture.

        To roll out the dough, I use cylindrical wooden children’s blocks on wax paper dusted with flour. Keep lots of flour around to dust the blocks and your hands as well. Cut out circles with Mason jar tops. Add the filling to the middle of each circle, fold up the bottom of the circle; then fold the other two sides to make a triangle. Pinch the ends and put on the greased baking sheets.

        1. re: koshergourmetmart

          that wild mushroom and cheese recipe sounds really interesting-certainly not one of the variations! Curious why you specifically don't recommend Millers crumbled there a specific quality that one should look for in the feta cheese? Is there any specific brand you do recommend?

          1. re: sanekosher

            i recommend pastures of eden or any israeli brand-miller's is too dry and crumbly.

            we made a cheesecake filling for our sweet hamentaschen this yr w/choc chips.
            1 bar cream cheese
            1/4 cup sugar
            1 egg
            as many mini choc chips as you would like.

            the filling is a little spready so do not put too much in the hamentaschen

            whatever is left over, bake separately as mini cheesecakes

            1. re: koshergourmetmart

              What a great idea. I may be trying those soon.

          2. re: koshergourmetmart

            koshergourmet, I never knew there was such a thing as a savory hamentaschen. I learn something new every day here on CH. ;) I actually saw this post yesterday and have been watching as I love 'em, but have never made my own. My mom and I are always on the lookout for good recipes so we can make them ourselves, so thanks!

            queenscook, I made note of your Simon Fischer fillings and looked it up to see if it's readily available in my neck of the woods. Did you realize they are part of the Solo company? ;)
            I understand what you mean that cans can sometimes impart an unpleasant taste. Are the fruit butters usually positioned near the Solo stuff, or separately where you find jellies/fruit butters/etc.? I will definitely look for them!

            1. re: kattyeyes

              The Simon Fischer products have a different flavor- at least to me. I usually find them in two places in my regular supermarket- in the jelly section and in the kosher section. If you're around a kosher grocery, there will prob be an endcap or section devoted to the stuff. I use prune and apricot as fillings.

              My grandma used a round ravioli cutter with a scalloped edge for her hamanteschen. They always come out really pretty and different, since most people I know use a plain round cookie cutter.

              1. re: cheesecake17

                Thanks for the Simon Fischer info and the tip on the scalloped edge. We like flair! ;)

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  I make dough using recipes similar to above. Sometimes just the recipe on the inside label of the Solo products. Will often add just a bit of lemon or orange zest to the dough, however. The citrus seems to give a nice little contrast to the prune or poppy.

                  1. re: markabauman

                    I second the addition of zest to the dough. We always add orange zest to the fruit filled dough, and lemon zest to the poppy filled dough.

                  2. re: kattyeyes

                    Got my Simon Fischer golden apricot butter jars today at the kosher grocery. While there, we hit the bakery for adorable mini-hamantaschen (apricot and raspberry) and and almond horn (mmmmmmmmmmmm) . The woman at the bakery counter overheard my mom and me talking about fewer calories in the minis and said very seriously, "It's a good thing you came on Friday. All the calories are taken out!" ;)

              2. re: queenscook

                I, too, prefer Simon Fischer fillings but you just can't get them in all parts of the country. Solo,at least, is available in most places. Hey, it works, especially if you can't/won't make all your own from scratch.

                1. re: queenscook

                  I made your recipe, which came out very tasty, but I only ended up with 64 hamentaschen. I wasn't making particularly large ones (I was using a3.5-inch diameter drinking glass as my cookie cutter.) Do you make very small hamentaschen?

                  1. re: GilaB

                    Hi Gila--
                    I'm glad you liked the recipe. I just made it the other day and got 122. The drinking glass I use is 2 3/4 inch diameter. My math whiz husband did the calculations and tells me that using a 3.5 inch glass should decrease the yield to about 75, so you're in the range. It also depends on how thin you roll them. I like them really thin and crunchy, so I probably get a few more than if I rolled them thicker. Purim samayach!

                2. I love the recipe for hamentaschen in Marcy Goldman's "A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking."

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                  1. Our family has always favored dairy homentashen, with a standard dairy dough: sugar**, a cup of scalded milk, a stick of soft butter, 2 eggs plus a white (depending how rich you want it), and a packet of yeast dissolved with a few tablespoons of warm water and a bit of sugar. These are mixed into a pound of flour or so, to make a smooth somewhat sticky dough; knead and leave to rise. Punch it down, roll it out, and cut into small circles (they'll rise and get bigger) and fill. My mother is always careful to seal the edges of the dough so that you can't tell which filling is inside which cookies! Brush tops with egg yolk dissolved in a Tbsp water. I think they bake around 10-12 mins at 350, but you should keep an eye on them, since they'll get a little dry if overbaked.

                    ** The amount of sugar depends on the filling: 1/3 to 1/2 cup for a sweet filling like poppy, a bit more for apricot or prune if you did not sweeten them much during cooking. This is also about the same as the dough for plum cake, just cover with plums and dot the top with butter and sprinkle with sugar.

                    There was a much richer recipe in the Boston Globe a few years ago that I've always meant to try instead--maybe this year is the year!

                    1. My Nanny's Hamantaschen


                      2 Cups Sifted Flour
                      2 Tsp. Baking Powder
                      ½ tsp Salt
                      ½ Cup Orange Juice
                      1 Large Egg
                      ¼ lb. butter
                      1 tsp. vanilla

                      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

                      1) Sift flour, baking powder and salt together
                      2) Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy about 2 minutes
                      3) Add egg and mix for 1 minute.
                      4) Mix in Orange juice and vanilla
                      5) Add dry ingredients until incorporated
                      6) Divide dough in half, shape into flat disk, wrap in plastic
                      7) Refrigerate until firm enough to roll
                      8) Place dough between 2 sheets of wax paper.
                      9) Roll from center - out - about 1/8 inch thick
                      10) If dough is hard to handle - Place in freezer to firm up
                      11) Cut into 3 inch circles
                      12) Fill with 1 1/2 tsp, filling

                      Makes 36.