Heart Shaped Cherry & White Chocolate Hamantaschen
The perfect Valentine's Day and Purim combo cookie!
Author: Amy Kritzer
Recipe type: Purim, Dessert
¾ cup sugar
2 cups flour, sifted
1½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, room temperature
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 egg plus 1 for egg wash
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 cup cherry jam
1 bar white chocolate
Disco Dust if desired (do it!)
Combine the dry ingredients: sugar, flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
Then add in the wet ingredients: butter, vanilla, 1 egg and orange juice and mix well. I’ve used a spoon, mixer or my fingers and the cookies are tasty every time! If the dough is sticky, add a bit more flour. If it is dry add a bit more orange juice. Form dough into a large ball and chill for at least one hour or up to overnight.
When you are ready to make your hamantaschen, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and roll out the dough on a floured surface until it is 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick. Use a 3-inch circle cookie cutter to cut circles in the dough. The top of a wine glass works too! Roll out the scraps and recut into circles.
Then take a teaspoon of the jam and put it in the center of each circle. Don’t add any more- the filling will spread to fill the cookie, and anymore would just run over the top making for an ugly hamantaschen.
Fold two sides together overlapping at the bottom, and then fold the top down and squish it together so it resembles a heart.
Use the last egg as an egg wash to give the hamantaschen shine and help it hold its shape. Then bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
Cool your cookies.
Then melt the white chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave and dip the end of the heart in it, or you can drizzle if that floats your boat. White chocolate is temperamental and can seize up easily, so if yours does just add a little bit of vegetable, canola or grapeseed oil until it is fluid again. Then, cover with glitter if desired.
Prep time does not include time for dough to chill.
Recipe by What Jew Wanna Eat at http://whatjewwannaeat.com/heart-shaped-cherry-white-chocolate-hamantaschen/