A Hamentashen is the traditional 3-sided pastry eaten on the Jewish holiday Purim.   They are made by folding in the sides of a circular piece of dough with a filling in the center.

Purim is one of the funnest  holidays on the Jewish calendar!  It commemorates when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.  Hamentashen are shaped in a triangle recalling Haman’s three-cornered hat.

It is customary to hold carnival-like celebrations on Purim.  I remember when I was a kid our temple would hold a carnival for all the children on Purim.  When I was 5 I dressed up as a Hamentashen for Purim.  [It is clear from my cardboard costume with red scribbles that my parents didn't work for instructables.]

Step 1: Recipe

I use the same dough recipe that I use for my Minnesota Cookies.

1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups of sugar
3 cups of flour
jelly or jam (flavor of choice)

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla together. Once smooth add in flour 1/2 a cup at a time.

When all the ingredients are mixed let the dough sit out for 15 minutes. In my experience this makes the dough firmer and the cookies chewier.

Nice!!!! They seem cat ears, I have to do them :) Thanks!
These look delicious!
Try poppy seeds and honey for a filling. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it brought back fond memories for me.
Thanks everyone for the nice comments! I ate like 7 of them for dinner one night - they are sooooo good! I would recommend trying to make them yourself!
These were so delightful! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Carley, I will definitely be making them.
ok. i ate like 6 of these, they were DEEEELISH!
<a>OrdaSoft</a> very yummy
hi, these look great, well done!!!!
Looks yummy!
These look delicious... If I thought that they would survive a trip to israel via post, I would have sent some to my best mate...<br><br>welldone anyway :D

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