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Hamantashen Recipe

Purim cookie


For the dough:

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 large egg, lightly beaten

grated zest of 1 orange

1-1/2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

For the filling:

2 cups unsweetened dried pitted prunes

1 cup unsweetened dried apricots

1 cup water

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 cup honey

3/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped


To make the dough, in a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda,

salt and sugar.

With a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into the flour until the


resembles coarse meal. Stir in the egg, orange zest and juice, mixing well until

the dough

is smooth. Shape dough into a flat disk, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate

until firm.

To make the filling, chop the prunes and apricots into small pieces. Put them

in a

saucepan with the water and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat; simmer for

about 12

minutes or until very soft. Add lemon juice and honey, then cook, stirring constantly,


about 5 minutes. Stir in nuts and set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 400 F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick


mats. On a floured surface roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness, then cut into


circles. Place a rounded teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle and

fold up three

sides to make a triangular shape with a large opening in the center. Pinch together


edges of the circle that are touching so that the triangle holds its shape.

Bake 12 to 15

minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool thoroughly on wire racks.
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