Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hamantaschen Cookies for Purim + Recipe

In a day of homeschool with my son, I introduced a new holiday to him, a day of Purim. We read about the holiday and made graggers (rattles) and paper hamantaschen with information about the holiday written on it. My son chose Haman as his mask printable, and then we made real hamantaschen cookies! I found this recipe over at Tori Avey, and it was so easy to make!


To make Hamantaschen cookies you need:
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 to 5 tsp water (if needed)
  • Nonstick cooking oil spray
 Before making the dough, you need to decide what type of filling you want your cookies to have because the dough can dry out quickly, so you want to act fast. I chose homemade apple butter for our filling, that my mom had made for us. (It is delicious by the way!) We preheated the oven to 350 degrees and we began making our dough. You start by whisking together the eggs, sugar, oil, orange zest, and vanilla. Then sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix in with the wet ingredients. Stir the ingredients together until it begins getting crumbly, then slowly add in water, 1tsp at a time until it reaches the desired consistency. Once the dough has been kneaded and seems pliable, flour a flat surface for rolling your dough. Roll the dough out very thin, to about 1/4 inch thick and use a round cookie cutter to make as many circles as you can. Continue doing so until all the dough has been used. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking oil spray and place your circles onto the sheet. Put a dollop of filling into the middle of each circle, and begin to fold the edges of it to form the triangle shape, making sure to seal each corner. These cookies can be placed pretty close together, as the dough doesn't expand too much while it's baking, so it won't take long to complete this. Once all your cookies are formed, place the pan of cookies in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden. Since every oven temp is different, mine took less then 20 minutes to cook. Just keep watch on your cookies and don't allow them to over cook. Once the cookies get that golden tint to them, pull them from the oven and let them cool. Now they're ready to eat. Enjoy!

  
*This recipe makes about 35 cookies, but I split this recipe in half and got 24 cookies from it.



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