This GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant Hamantaschen recipe for Purim will win over everyone’s hearts and stomachs! There’s nothing quite like the first sight of Hamantaschen to get you in the mood for one of the most joyous times of the year! Whether you are receiving Hamantaschen or giving these holiday treats, it’s all part of the fun. And, it can be part of a mitzvah too! Giving gifts of ready-made food, Mishloach Manot, is one of the four mitzvot (commandments) of Purim. This year (2021), Purim begins Thursday evening, February 25 and ends Friday evening, February 26.
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Celebrating Purim Made Easy!
Just seeing these delicious Jewish holiday cookies conjures up memories of Purim parties, carnivals and celebrations. For that reason, we make these hamantaschen at GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant all year long. It’s always good to add in joy, and the happy thoughts and memories associated with hamantaschen make it the perfect way to do just that.
If you’ve never made them before, this hamantaschen recipe for Purim is quite easy. And, you likely have all the ingredients at home, except for the oranges. A little bit of orange zest and juice give this recipe that distinct flavor that sets hamantaschen apart from your typical flour and sugar cookie.
You can divide the dough and make half to pack into mishloach manot and keep the other half of the dough in the fridge well-wrapped for a day or two, until you are ready to make the rest. These hamantaschen also freeze well, so you can even make them ahead if necessary.
Hamantaschen Your Way
I just love the versatility of hamantaschen. You can fill them with your favorite jelly flavors, poppy seeds or chocolate chips. And if you want, you can separate some of the prepared dough and work directly into it some poppy seeds, colored sprinkles or even some cocoa powder to add some more variety to your batch. (The chocolate hamantaschen with peanut butter filling is a hit around here).
If some of your hamantaschen open while baking, those are perfect for taste testing. 😀 Keep in mind the joy of the holiday and have fun!
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Hamantaschen Recipe for Purim
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 4 – 4 1/2 cups flour
- 1 TBL orange juice ((optional))
- 1 tsp orange rind
- 1 tsp Your favorite flavor jelly for filling
- Mix all the ingredients, except the flour.
- Add flour one cup at a time, mixing completely before adding more.
- The dough will be sticky.
- Use a round cookie cutter or a cup to cut circles.
- Add 1 tsp jelly or other filling in the center of each circle.
- Shape into triangles by folding up from the bottom, and then folding the two sides in simultaneously
- Bake on a lined baking sheet at 350F/175C for 9-11 minutes
What’s your favorite hamantaschen filling? I’m looking forward to hearing from you in the comments below!
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