Traditional Hamantaschen

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Traditional HamantaschenDrew Lederman

These triangular filled cookies are traditionally eaten on Purim, a Jewish holiday where revelers dress in costume and cookies are used to retell the ancient tale of an evil man named Haman. In 18th or 19th century Eastern Europe, a triangular pastry filled with poppy seeds known as mohntaschen (from the German words for poppy and pocket: mohn and tasch) led to the pastry's combined contemporary name: hamantaschen.

The stiff dough is very easy to work with and children are often taught to pinch circles of it into tidy triangles. We filled our version with our favorite homemade apple butter, though packaged poppy seed or prune fillings or fruit preserves all make acceptible substitutes.

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