Our Favorite Hamantaschen Recipes

Purim is coming and so it’s time to start thinking about hamantaschen! Hamentaschen are triangular-shaped cookies that are traditionally eaten during Purim.

In the Purim story, which is told in the Book of Esther, Haman was the villain who plotted to have all the Jews in the kingdom killed. Queen Esther and Mordechai were able to stop Haman’s plan and save the Jews. “Hamantaschen” is a Yiddish word that means “Haman’s pockets,” though the generally accepted explanation for the triangular shape of these pastries is that Haman wore a three-cornered hat. Jews eat hamantaschen on Purim as part of the celebration of the holiday.

Whether you’re a prune, poppy seed, or chocolate fan, there is a hamantaschen variety for everybody. Here is a round-up of some of our favorite hamantaschen recipes.

This recipe for Perfect Hamantaschen from the New York Times gives you a sweet dough flavored with lemon zest and filled with a tangy prune butter.

prune hamantaschen

Photo: The New York Times

The filling in Jeff Nathan’s recipe for White Chocolate Cherry Hamantaschen from the Joy of Kosher is an absolutely sinful mixture of chopped cherries, white chocolate chunks and chopped pecans.

Photo: Joy of Kosher

Photo: Joy of Kosher

This recipe for Hamantaschen with Four Fillings featured in the Huffington Post offers something to satisfy everybody at your Purim bash:

hamantaschen with four fillings

Photo: The Huffington Post

The coconut-chocolate-hazelnut filling sounds especially decadent.

Parve Cinnamon Dulce De Leche Hamantaschen from the Joy of Kosher are made with margarine and non-dairy milk, so you can serve them anytime.

Photo: Joy of Kosher

If you’re looking for a savory hamantaschen, try these Savory Caramelized Onion Hamantaschen from What Jew Wanna Eat. They would be fantastic to serve as appetizers at a Purim Seudah or party.

Photo: What Jew Wanna Eat

Photo: What Jew Wanna Eat

Not only do these Baklava Hamantaschen from Busy in Brooklyn pay homage to the origin of the Purim story (Persia), but they are insanely rich and delicious.

Photo: Busy in Brooklyn

Photo: Busy in Brooklyn

And if you’re looking for a more typical dessert, combine two faves – these Sugar Cookie Hamantaschen With Brownie Filling from Can’t Stop Baking are sure to satisfy the pickiest dessert-eaters.

Photo: Can't Stop Baking

Photo: Can’t Stop Baking

For more ideas, see our Pinterest Board for Purim Recipes.

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