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The best hamantaschen recipe for Purim
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert, Purim
Cuisine Jewish
Servings 15 -20


  • 1 stick butter 1/2 cup, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg plus 1 for egg wash
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • Jam or filling of your choice.


  • In a large bowl with a stand or hand mixer, blend butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Then add vanilla, 1 egg and orange juice and combine.
  • Then add flour, baking powder and salt and mix just until combined. Dough should be slightly sticky.
  • Form dough into a large ball, cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight or at least 2 hours.
  • 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 inch thick. Use a 3 or 3 1/2-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 any more would just run over the top making for ugly yet still delicious hamantaschen.
  • Fold two sides together overlapping at the bottom, and then fold the top down to make a triangle.
  • Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes to prevent spreading.
  • Wash with egg wash. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden on the bottoms of cookies. Cool and enjoy!


Also, you will need to chill the dough overnight.
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