Purim starts tomorrow. This is when Queen Esther saved the lives of the Israelites. I do not practice the Jewish faith, however, as a Christian I believe in the Old Testament. Therefore, as a respect to the Jewish faith and my love for the Jewish pastries, I dedicate this hamantaschen . I got this recipe from Rachel Rappaport’s recipe from :
Makes 2 dozen cookies
1/4 pound butter (1 stick), at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup prepared fig and ginger preserves*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and mix thoroughly. Add the egg and mix thoroughly again.
In a small bowl, combine the flour and baking powder and gradually add it to the butter mixture and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate the dough, in the bowl, for 1 hour or until firm.
On a lightly floured (or powdered sugared) surface, roll out a small amount of dough at a time to about 1/4 inch thick. If the dough gets warm and hard to work with, refrigerate it for a few minutes and then re-roll.
Use a round cookie cutter or the top of a drinking glass to cut out circles. Arrange the cut circles of dough on the cookie sheets. Spoon a teaspoon of the preserves into the center of each cookie. Pinch the edges of the cookies to make 3 corners, but don’t seal dough up completely — you want some of the preserves to peek out.
Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
*Pre-made fig and ginger preserves are available at some grocery and specialty stores. If you can’t find it, or prefer to make your own, mix 3/4 cup fig preserves or jarred fig filling with 3 tablespoons minced candied ginger.
My opinion: You seriously cannot go wrong with this. It is so delicious, you have to becareful not to eat the whole thing all at once! I used plain fig jam and also blueberry/rhubarb jam. Just make sure when you’re rolling out the dough that the dough is really cold. Happy Purim!