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Basic Hamantaschen

hamantaschen on a plate

This is the most fun and exciting holiday! Purim is celebrated in all kinds of ways. In our family, we celebrate by dressing in festive costumes and giving gifts to one another (Purim Baskets). It is a little bit like Halloween, just without the scary parts.
A traditional Purim food is hamantaschen. I tried to explain to a friend why we eat them on Purim. Honestly, it doesn’t sound very pleasant, and the name does not do justice to these yummy melt-in-your-mouth cookies. Below is one of my favorite and well-loved recipes.

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hamantaschen on a plate

Basic Hamantaschen

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For the dough:

  • 2 1/4 cups (320 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick+ 6 tablespoons (200 grams) butter at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry jam without big fruit chunks
  • 3/4 cup (100 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling ideas:

  • Nutella or any chocolate spread
  • jam/jelly
  • poppy seeds paste (bought or homemade)
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • chocolate spread mixed with M&Ms or chocolate chips
  • date spread
  • Bischoff cookie butter or any cookie butter

For garnish:

  • powdered sugar


  • Put all of the dough ingredients in a standing mixer bowl with a guitar hook and mix at a slow speed until a dough ball is formed. If the dough is sticky, then add a little flour.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and transfer it to the refrigerator for 1-2 hrs.
  • Roll the dough on a floured surface to a ¼-inch (½ cm) thickness and cut circles using a cookie cutter or a glass.
  • Place a flat teaspoon of the filling of your choice in the center of each circle, pinch the edges together in three places so that they meet in the middle to form a triangular cookie shape, fasten, and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Don’t put in too much filling, or you won’t be able to close the hamantaschen. You do not want the filling to come out.
  • Place the hamantaschen in the freezer for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until the dough is slightly golden. Let it cool. If you want, then you can sprinkle the hamantaschen with powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Filling: If you are using jam, mix it with cookie crumbs (like graham crackers/cake crumbs/chopped nuts) so it does not spill out during baking. Do not overfill! One teaspoon is enough.
  • Chocolate dough: Need more chocolate? Replace three tablespoons of flour with three tablespoons of sifted cocoa powder.
  • Baking: The cookies should remain relatively white and not brown.

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Hi, I’m Rachel.

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I’m happy you’re here. I am the food blogger behind “Mama Living Abroad.” In this space, I am sharing flavorful recipes that I love to make and have my family and friends approve.

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