Hamentashens (Ozney Haman)

February 26, 2010

I must be in a festive mood, not to mention a bloggy mood, seeing as how this is my second entry in an hour. Oh well….

These are cookies eaten on Purim (or as Americans like to call it, the Jewish Halloween). It doesn’t have anything to do with ghosts and junk, but we do dress up. If you wanna know the actual story, go look it up.

Hamentashens means “Haman’s Hat”. Haman being the villain in the Purim story. The Hebrew version, “Ozney Haman”, means Haman’s ears.  But enough of the back story, here’s the recipe.

Ingredients
3/4 c shortening (butter or margarine works too)
1 1/4 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 1/3 c + flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Jam for filling (Strawberry, Apricot, whatever tickles your pickle)

In a bowl, beat the shortening and sugar until smooth with a hand mixer. Mix in most of the egg (leaving a tiny it to brush the tops of the cookies) and the vanilla. once smooth, stir in the dry ingredients. If the dough is not firm enough to roll into a ball, add some more flour.

Once the dough is firm enough, roll into a ball, place in a plastic bag and put into the fridge. Let chill for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 deg. F. Roll out the dough to about a 1/4 in. and using a circular cookie cutter or a thin lipped cup, cut circles into the dough.

Place a dollop of jam at the center of each cookie. To shape the cookies, fold up three sides and pinch together the edges, leaving a small opening at the top (See the pictures).

Put the cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet (or put down some parchment paper) and brush the tops of the cookies with the leftover egg. Bake the cookies for 10-12 min, or till golden brown.

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