Purim – Hamantaschen Cookies


The Jewish holiday of Purim begins on Wednesday.  One of my fondest memories as a child was delighting in the vast array of Hamantaschen cookies: a filled-pocket cookie or pastry recognizable for its triangular shape.

My mother used to make her version with prune and poppy seed and, while I sadly could not find the recipe in her archives, I’m so thrilled to be able to share an original recipe from our resident Kosher food expert, celebrated cookbook author, and creator of the Kosher Cookbook app for iPhone- Gloria Kobrin.

I do hope you’ll give Gloria’s recipe a try as it’s delicious.

And, remember, you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy these delicacies at any time of the year (not just on Purim).

Here’s what Gloria has to say:

We only make Hamantaschen once a year. These delicious triangle shaped cookies-made so to resemble Haman’s hat-can take on a myriad of fillngs. They can be iced and sprinkled; and they can  be turned into savoury hors d’ouevres.  There is no end to the number of innovative and creative ways Hamantaschen can be treated. I love looking at all of them. Kudos to all the creativity out there. That being said, my family, and group of Purim guests who have been coming to me for over 15 years, look forward to being served the traditional Hamantaschen fillings of prune, poppyseed (mohn) and apricot. I use the same recipe I used when I used to ship Hamantaschen to some of our young Moms when they were still in college. Now they come back to me for Purim with their children. Same old, same old-but they make us happy.

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