I must espresso myself- these boozy Espresso Martini Hamantaschen are totally Esther-worthy!
As a new mother, it’s important to me to share Jewish rituals with my three-month-old daughter. I have fond memories of cooking and baking for the holidays with my own mom and Bubbe and wasted no time continuing the tradition. Soon after her birth, we made potato latkes and dreidel-shaped cookies and watched a cheesy made-for-TV Hanukkah movie together (well, she mostly napped). So I knew come Purim time, I wanted to make the classic hamantaschen with her too.
But after 10 months of not drinking while I was pregnant, I thought this year’s recipe should have an adult twist. Afterall, my daughter is not even on solid food yet! So, we can do a kid-friendly recipe next year.
Even though Purim is commonly thought of as a kid’s holiday, drinking alcohol is ironically one of the requirements of the day. Seriously! We are supposed to imbibe until we cannot tell the difference between the bad guy Haman and our hero Mordechai. You don’t have to tell me twice! We celebrate with lots of fun traditions too. We have Purim carnivals, costumes, shake noisemakers, and give gift baskets to friends. And did I mention the cookies?
I was inspired by one of my favorite of-the-moment cocktails and the drinking-on-Purim tradition when making this specialty.
Instead of pairing my hamantaschen with a boozy drink, I decided to put the alcohol in the classic holiday cookie. I’ve made boozy hamantaschen before, like Strawberry Champagne Rainbow Hamantaschen and Bananas Foster Hamantaschen varieties. But this year, I went with the trendy and sophisticated Espresso Martini.
Espresso Martini Hamantaschen are an adult-worthy treat on their own, with a coffee chocolate cookie stuffed with Kahlua cream cheese and sprinkled with a sweet vodka-based drizzle, or paired with a cocktail or two.