Purim 2k12

7 Mar

This year I got to spend Purim at home in South Florida with my family. As a kid Purim was always my favorite Jewish holiday since large components of the celebration included dressing up like a princess, making noise, and eating cookies. What could be better? Although I’ll always be a princess at heart, I really only celebrate Purim now  by making cookies. These cookies, called Hamentashen, have significance in the way they are shaped to represent a three-cornered hat. You can enjoy the rest of the story of Purim by clicking here . The top 10 flavors of hamentashen according to Jewocity.com are as follows:

1. Poppy Seed (Mom’s favorite)
2. Chocolate Chip
3.  Lemon
4. Cherry (My favorite)
5. Strawberry
6. Blueberry
7.  Raspberry
8. Peanut Butter
9.  Apricot (brother’s favorite)
10. Prune  (dad’s favorite)

Fun fact about me is that I hate cherries and anything cherry flavored but hamentashen are the ONE thing I love cherry. Weird.  Anyway, for the most part I knew these were the traditional flavors but I wanted to make some next level hamentashen a bit snazzier. The flavors we ended up doing were:

1. Peach Pie
2. Sweet Coconut (possibly my new favorite)
3. Cranberry-Blueberry-Prune-Walnut
4. Poppyseed (one traditional flavor for mama)

Adapted from: Cupcake Project

3 cups flour (you might need more depending on how sticky the dough is)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter (1.5 sticks), room temperature
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Your choice of filling (jam, jelly, preserves, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.)
Circular cookie cutter or glass to make dough circles

-In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
-With an electric mixer, add butter and eggs, and mix until dough can be pressed together and stay in a ball
-Roll out dough and form hamantashen (see visual here)
-Bake on a cookie sheet for 12min at 400 F.


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