In cookies, Desserts on March 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm


It`s so weird to call these “Hamantashen” since I`m used to their Hebrew name, Ozney Haman (which literally means- the ears of haman). These crisp and filled cookies are made especially for Purim, the happiest holiday (to my humble opinion…). I won`t bother you with the full history background of these cookies, but if this interest you, you could find nice explanations in many sites.

These cookies are basically circles short pastry filled with all sorts of fillings (usually poppy seed filling, chocolate, or dates), which are folded to triangle shape and baked until crisp. You really don`t need Purim as an excuse to make these.

One of the most complicated things about these cookies is getting the cookies to remain at their original shape while baking. I found that if you chill the filled and shaped cookies before you bake them, they generally  tend to lose their shape, the solution is to chill the shaped and filled cookies before baking (preferably overnight).

Happy Purim!


Hamantashen (Tamar Ha`aheret, Ynet food forum, via this article) makes about 32 medium sized hamantashen.

2 1/2 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup sugar

pinch of salt

200 gr. cold butter, cut into small cubes

zest from one orange (or lemon)

2 egg yolks

2-4 tablespoons fresh orange juice (or milk)

fillings: Nutella, poppy seed, nuts, jam

In a food processor combine the flour, baking powder and sugar. Add butter and orange zest, and pulse until the the butter incorporates with the flour, add the yolks and pulse until the mixture looks crumbly. Add 2 tablespoon of the juice, and combine until combined (if needed, add the rest of the juice) .

Form dough into a disc, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least two hours.

Preheat oven to 160-170 degrees C.

To form the hamantashen, roll out the dough on a well-floured surface until it is about 3-4 mm thick. Using a round cookie cutter (about 6 cm diameter), cut the dough into circles, brush the edges of the circles with a little bit of water. Spoon a teaspoon of the filling in the center. Fold the dough in from three sides and firmly crimp the corners and give them a little twist to ensure they stay closed. Leave the filling mostly open in the center. Put on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Cool on racck, powder with powdered sugar.

  1. These look absolutely amazing! I tried making them last year, but the dough melted in the oven :)

    Question: I could not find it on your blog: what kind of cure are you looking for? I’m training to walk in the marathon for Breast Cancer in May in Washington DC

  2. Hi Olga, first- thanks!
    Our blog name may be a bit confusing. We are not looking for any cure, in a mediacal sence to be exact. We like to think that this name represent our need for baking and cooking (sorry if this sound a bit off), maybe I could explain this be saying that we fell baking is our therapy. I am sorry if the name seemed to be missleading, it was not our intention at all.

  3. חג שמח !
    אוזני המן מדהימים
    הערב אפרסם את משלוחי המנות שלי, איזה כיף שיש חג טעים כל כך.

  4. These look so good! I never tried making them at home. We used to get them at the bakery when I was a little girl. I love these cookies. So the secret is chill over night?

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