Jam Hamantaschen

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I have never made a batch of hamantaschen, those triangular cookies closesly associated with the Jewish holiday of Purim, and although I’ve always been familiar with them, I can’t clearly recall eating one before today. Traditionally filled with thick poppyseed paste, date, prune or apricot preserves, they could contain just about anything — I’ve come across versions filled with marzipan and sprinkles, Nutella, and hazelnuts and apricots with a browned butter cookie base. You could, in fact, fill these hamantaschen with just about any sweet filling that could be contained by the edges of the cookie and would stand up to the heat of the oven — fruit compote, sweetened cream cheese or pie filling.

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Hamantaschen is like the cookie version of a galette, with sugar dough rolled and cut into circles, then folded over whatever filling you happen to come up with. (I used some blackberry jam from last summer, and some thick date filling I made in the same way I would to fill those date squares that look kind of like this. I’m thinking now that some cooked saskatoon pie filling would have been a fine choice.

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These are made with a good, basic sugar cookie dough (shortbread dough is also popular, and I had some earlier today made with cream cheese dough), which you could flavour with some finely grated orange zest, and either way is easiest to work with right away – if you do make it ahead and it spends time in the fridge, make sure it comes back to room temperature to roll and shape, or it could crack more easily; if it does, don’t sweat it — just pinch the edges together, or leave any cracked edges to bake themselves back together in the oven.

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Happy Purim, for those who will be celebrating it!

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Jam Hamantaschen


February 27, 2018



3/4 cup butter, at room temp

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt


any thick jam or fruit preserves


1To make the cookie dough, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and light; beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour and salt and beat on low speed or stir by hand just until the dough comes together.

2Gather the dough up into a ball, cut it in half and on a lightly floured surface, roll it out to about 1/8-1/4-inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2-3 inch circles with a cookie cutter or glass rim.

3Preheat the oven to 350F. Drop a small spoonful of filling into the middle of each cookie and fold over the sides to enclose it, forming a triangle. Pinch the corners to seal, if you like, or make each fold go underneath the other layer of dough on one end, and overtop on the other. Fill them on a parchment-lined sheet or on the countertop and transfer to a parchment-lined sheet, and bake for 12-14 minutes, until pale golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. If you like, sprinkle them with icing sugar. Makes about 2 dozen hamantaschen.


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2 comments on “Jam Hamantaschen

  1. Click here
    June 20, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Chief amongst these are hamantaschen — buttery triangular cookies, filled with jam or poppy seeds.Hamantaschen are one of my favorite parts of Purim, second only to … and although I’ll eat pretty much any type, my favorite is strawberry jam.The great news is you can always use jam to fill your hamantaschen. So if you’re short on time or energy, just use a couple teaspoonfuls of jam …

  2. Daryl Willenbrink
    March 18, 2019 at 8:15 am

    These were the best, easiest and most delicious ever! Yields 1 1/2 dz

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