Apricot Hamentaschen – Purim Cookies

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Last Updated on March 18, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Apricot Hamentaschen

Hamentaschen are traditional cookies made to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim.

plate of Apricot Hamentachen Cookies

Both the Jewish holiday of Purim and the Indian holiday of Holi are starting on Monday (2020).

So what are you going to learn about today?

Purim

Purim is Halloween for Jewish kids!  It is children’s favorite holiday, as part of Purim celebrations are dressing up in costumes and receiving lots of sweets, especially Hamentaschen cookies, which are generally only available at this time.

However, the holiday also has important religious significance as it commemorates the day when Esther saved the Jews from being annihilated by Haman, who was planning on killing all of the Jews in the Persian Empire.

Esther and Mordecai ruined his plans and today Purim is an activity of rejoicing and celebration!

In my opinion, food is a great conduit to discussion and breaking down biases.  One thing I love about the multi-culturalism that is NYC is that I can celebrate Purim, Ramadan, Diwali and Christmas with friends.  Learning about the religious and cultural history of different people encourages dialogue between different groups and breaks down biases that are often created by a sometimes partial media.

The most traditional fillings for Hamentaschen are poppy, prune and apricot. However, I have also made a version using freshly made Pumpkin Jam. Check out the Pumpkin Jam Hamentaschen Recipe!

Whether you celebrate Purim or not, these are just delicious cookies that make a great snack for any time!

For parties, you can make them with a variety of fillings like Pumpkin or Cranberry Hamentaschen. There are no rules that say you have to stick with the traditional flavors!

Hamentaschen LR 3

Before we get to today’s recipe, how about exploring some more Jewish cusine!

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Apricot Hamentaschen

Apricot Hamentaschen – Purim Cookies – Hamentaschen are traditionally cookies made to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. The most common fillings are apricot, poppy or prune.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Refrigerator Time30 mins
Servings: 21 cookies
Calories: 115kcal

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Apricot preserves

Instructions

  • Using an electric mixer, blend sugar and butter until very creamy. Add egg and blend until thoroughly combined.
  • Combine flours, baking powder and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
  • Add dry ingredients to batter, a little at a time, until thoroughly combined.
  • This makes a dense shortbread dough.
  • Place in refrigerator for at least a few hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • On a lightly floured board, roll out dough.
  • Roll out dough as thin as possible. Using a round cutter, cut out circles (you can use whatever size you prefer). Place about a teaspoon of the preserves in the center.
  • Fold in the sides to make a triangle.
  • Place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper or parchment paper.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Mina Joshi

    These Hamentaschen cookies look delicious. Love the shapes too. I had never heard of them so found your information really interesting.

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