It's My Birthday... and Purim!

As my birthday merges with the best of holidays - Purim ✨, I've decided to celebrate by sharing my favorite recipe for the most delicious holiday treat: Hamantaschen!

This is the yummy result:

hamantaschen, which are triangle cookies filled with various sweet fillings

And here is how to get there:
Ingredients (for 40-50 cookies. Great for a Purim party!):
  • 7 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 400 grams butter (room temperature)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Fillings of your choice. Anything sweet will work. My family's favorites are Nutella, white chocolate spread and speculoos (such as Lotus) spread, but you can go wild here!
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/ 320°F.
  2. Mix the flour, powdered sugar and butter until a fine crumbly texture forms.
  3. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and lemon juice, and process or mix until the dough is smooth.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour (overnight is fine, too).
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out into a thin layer, about 3-4 mm/ 1/8 inch.
  6. Cut out circles with a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass, about 7-8 cm/ 3 inch in diameter.
  7. Fill the center of each cookie with a spoonful (not too much, or the cookies will open when baked) of the filling(s) of your choice. Now comes the tricky part: raise the edges of the circle to form a triangle, and pinch it together, gently but firmly.

    two pairs of hands pinching unbaked, filled hamantaschen circles into triangles

  8. Bake for 8-9 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden and look stable (keep baking a little longer if they aren't yet), then take them out and cool.
That's it!

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