Happy Purim! Decided to make Hamantaschen this year (as I have most years of my life) just to keep up with tradition. Unfortunately there was no Purimspiel or noisemakers...well not toy noisemakers = )

Ingredients (makes about 32 cookies)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
2 eggs
Filling (Any kind of preserves, poppy seeds, chocolate chips, mini M&Ms...)

  • Mix flour, sugar, and baking powder in large bowl. Cut butter in until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  • Mix lemon zest, vanilla extract, and eggs in a separate bowl. Stir into flour mixture until dough forms a ball (you may have to use your hands. Don't be afraid to get dirty! It's the best part of baking...I'm still covered in flour = )  )
  • Cover and refrigerate dough for about 2 hours or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Roll half the dough at a time to 1/8" thick on a lightly floured cloth-covered surface. Cut into 3" rounds (I use the top of a tall tumbler as my cutter. It's a quick and easy trick!)
  • Spoon 1 level teaspoon of the filling you choose onto each round (We used apricot and strawberry preserves..and some chocolate chips for fun). Bring up 3 sides and pinch corners to form a triangular shape (which mimics the shape of Haman's *noisemaker!* tri-cornered hat).
  • Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 - 15 minutes and remove to rack immediately. Voila tower of hamantaschen = )

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