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.
What You Will Need
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup canola or vegetable oil
- Juice (2 Tbsp). and zest (1½ tsp.) of one medium lemon
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups (1½ lb.) filling, such as apple or prune butter, strawberry or apricot preserves