“These are the traditional triangular filled cookies eaten for the Jewish holiday of Purim. They are shaped like the 3-cornered hat worn by the bad guy in the story, Haman. The Purim story is from the biblical Book of Esther. OK -- history aside, these are yummy cookies! I tried 5 different recipes for hamantashen this year, and this was by far my favorite. This recipe is ever-so-slightly altered from the original, which is by Flo Braker, pastry goddess. Edited to add: the traditional fillings are spiced prune (lekvar), poppyseed, and apricot. My kids' favorites are cherry and chocolate. Do whatever makes you happy!”
36 cookies

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place rack in upper third of oven. Preheat to 350°F Line baking sheets with parchment paper, or grease them.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add egg and mix 1 minute.
  5. Mix in orange juice, vanilla and almond extracts.
  6. Add flour mixture and mix until incorporated. Shape into a flat disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm enough to roll out, at least 15 minutes. (Dough can be refrigerated up to 2 days.).
  7. Divide the dough in half; it will be very sticky.
  8. Cover 1 portion with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Place other half between sheets of floured wax paper and roll to 1/8 inch thick.
  9. Use a 3-inch circle cookie cutter or biscuit cutter, cut circles.
  10. Using a floured spatula, pick up circles and place on prepared baking sheets.
  11. Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoons filling in the center of each circle. Press three edges together to make a triangle, leaving an opening in the center with the filling showing.
  12. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  13. Repeat with remaining dough, rerolling scraps and cutting out as many circles as possible.
  14. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden on the bottom. If baking more than one sheet in the oven at a time, rotate baking sheet positions after 7 minutes.
  15. Cool 5 minutes and remove to racks to finish cooling.
  16. May be stored, airtight, for several days.

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