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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hamantaschen Triangular Purim cookies - Larry Diamond

It's getting to that time of year!
Hamantaschen
A recipe for triangular Purim cookies
Makes about 36

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup margarine or butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2-3 cups sifted unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash of salt
1. Cream the shortening with sugar. Add egg and continue creaming until smooth.
2. Add the vanilla. Stir in the sifted flour, baking powder, and salt until a ball of dough is formed (a food processor is excellent for this).
3. Chill for 2-3 hours, or overnight.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
5. Taking 1/4 of the dough, roll out on a lightly floured board to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Cut circles of dough with a drinking glass or round cookie-cutter. With your finger put water around the rim of the circle. Fill with 1 teaspoon poppy-seed or nut filling and fold into three-cornered cookies. (Press two sides together, and then fold the third side over and press the ends together.)
6. Bake on a well-greased cookie sheet 10-16 minutes, until the tops are golden.

Filling
For an easy filling fix, plenty of people use premade jams or jelly.

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