Hamentaschen

No one really seems to know why Osnei Haman (Hamantashen) are like they are though most seem to think it’s shaped after Haman tri-cornered hat though both in Hebrew and Yiddish they are called Haman’s Ears. (My children and their revolting friends suggest they are shaped after his ears and the filling is the ear wax!!! Yuk!)
However the fillings are evolving. At one time there was only poppy seed or the date/nut filling. Now there are many date or poppy combinations, chocolate, jam or dulce de leche. (thanks to Esther S.)

recipe from Terri Goldberg – thanks

Cookie dough

1 cup butter – room temp (not margarine or other substitute)
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
4 tsp. baking powder
4 – 6 cups flour (start with four add more if needed)
4 tsp. orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Filling
I have made my own which is a big production and I can send those instructions if you want them.  What I do now is:  fill some cookies with apricot and some with raspberry jam. [I make my own jam, but if you don’t…any good quality jam that you like will work.)

Dough:  Cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the eggs and mix well. In a separate bowl stir the flour and baking powder together until well-distributed. Add the flour mixture a little at a time to the sugar/butter/eggs. Add juice then the vanilla.  Stir this together.  It will be firm.  I have a 1960 Sunbeam mixmaster, that gets bogged down – so I resort to hand mixing the last part.  Add more flour if needed.  REFRIGERATE the dough at least an hour.

[Preheat oven to 375]  Take about half of the dough and roll out on floured board. Roll to 1/4 inch.  Add flour to keep it from sticking to surfaces.  Take a 3 inch cookie cutter and cut out a cookie.  Put a dab (like a teaspoon) of filling in the middle of the dough. Pull up three equally distant sides of dough and pinch together – so you have a triangle.  This may sound complicated, but on ce you do it you will see that it works.  Place cookies 2 inches apart on greased or butter cookie sheet – bake 20 to 25 min.  Keep doing this – and gather pre-rolled dough scraps to make all your cookies.  This dough is not like pie dough in that if you work it it doesn’t get tough.  Add flour or juice as necessary to make it pliable.  This recipe makes 40 cookies.

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