Hamantashen is a triangular, filled pastry which is traditionally served on the Jewish Holiday Purim.The name Haman ash is commonly known as a reference to Haman, the villain of Purim, as described in the Bible, in the Book of Esther.
In Hebrew, the pastry is called “Oznai Haman” which means Haman’s ears.
In Yiddish, “Hamantashn” means “Haman’s pockets.” Bon appétit!
|2/3 cup butter, room temperature|
|1/2 cup sugar|
|1/2 teaspoon vanilla|
|2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour|
|1 teaspoon baking powder|
|dash of salt|
|1 package cream cheese, room temperature|
|4 teaspoons cocoa powder|
|1/2 cup sugar|
1. In a mixer, cream the butter with sugar. Add the egg and vanilla.
Cream until the smooth.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Process until a ball of dough is formed. If the dough is sticky, add more flour. The dough ball should have some elasticity to it.
4. Chill for a minimum of 1 1/2 hours.
5. To make the filling, beat together the cream cheese, egg, cocoa and sugar.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease cookie sheets.
7. Take one fourth of the chilled dough. Roll out on a lightly floured board to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Use a cup or glass to cut out circles.
8. With your finger, brush water around the rim of the circle. Drop 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of the circle. Then bring the dough around the filling and press 3 ends together.
9. Bake on well-greased cookie sheets in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 12-15 minutes or until the bottoms are golden and the three tips are slightly turning brown.
10. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. When cooled, the cookie is light, crumbly and great tasting.