If you look at the many recipes for the cookie, you will find that there is difference of opinions about both the size of the circle to cut from the dough, and to the thickness to which the dough is rolled. After working with both Esther’s and my own doug.
I think the answer for me is that the dough should be rolled to 1/8 inch thick, and should be cut with a diameter not greater that 2 1/2 inches. Increasing either dimension will add extra dough to the cookie, and take it out of the 2-bite range.
The hamantaschen cookies in this recipe have a prune filling. Hamantaschen are a type of Jewish cookie commonly consumed around the time of Purim. In Hebrew, “hamantaschen” means “pocket,” which is exactly what these cookies look like. Traditionally, hamantaschen are filled with poppy seeds or fruit, but we’ll be using prunes for our version.
The ingredients for the hamantaschen dough are as follows:
1 cup (two sticks) of room-temperature, unsalted butter
1 cup of sugar
2 big eggs
Extract of Vanilla, One Teaspoonful
Amount of all-purpose flour needed: 3 cups
1 tsp. of baking soda
A Pinch of Salt
What You’ll Need to Make the Recipe
Hamanteschen cookies with prune filling require the following:
Baking powder, 1 teaspoon 1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt 1/2 cup of room-temperature unsalted butter
One large beaten egg and half a cup of sugar
a single teaspoon of vanilla extract a three-quarter cup’s worth of finely ground blanched almonds a cup and a half of chopped prunes without pits and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar (optional).
Instructions for Making Hamantaschen Biscuits
Hamantaschen Cookies: A Detailed Instructional Guide
One and a half cups of all-purpose flour One teaspoon of baking powder
a quarter of a teaspoon of salt; two sticks of unsalted butter; one cup of butter; room temperature
sugar, three-quarters cup
+2 beaten big eggs
Extraction of Vanilla, One Teaspoon
-Your preferred filling, whether prunes or jam, equals 10 ounces
Set oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Prepare a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a standard bowl and set aside.
In a sizable mixing basin, cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
Add the flour mixture gradually, stirring only until incorporated. Never over-blend.
Then, place the dough balls on the baking sheet at a distance of about 2 inches using a tablespoon.
Use your thumb or the back of a spoon to press down into the middle of each ball of dough. Spread a teaspoon of prune filling or your favorite jam into each well.
Bake until cookies are gently golden around the edges and firm in the center, about 18 to 20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking pan before transferring to a wire rack.
Techniques for Perfectly Baked Prune-Filled Hamantaschen
This recipe for hamanteschen cookies with prune filling is the best you’ll find if you’re trying to find something both tasty and good for you. In addition to being delicious, these cookies are also quite healthy. And you can whip these up in no time! How to perfect your prune-filled hamanteschen cookies with these helpful hints:
Filling should be made using fresh, ripe plums. Your cookies will have the perfect amount of sugar and flavor if you do this.
You can use canned or frozen plums in place of fresh ones. You should drain them well before utilizing them.
The filling will turn out best if the plums are cooked down until they are quite soft. About 15 minutes is needed for this.
Mash the plums with a fork or a potato masher once they are done. If you want a smoother filling, you may alternatively use an immersion blender.
Do not use the mashed plums as a cookie filling until they have cooled fully. If not, they could make the dough too sticky to work with.
Follow these guidelines and give the hamanteschen cookie recipe a shot tonight.
Hamantaschen Cookies, Available in a Variety of Flavors and Fillings
Hamantaschen cookies come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and their contents are just as varied. Common stuffings include:
The typical filling for hamantaschen cookies is prune paste. Pitted prunes can be cooked in water until mushy and used as a filling. Next, puree the prunes and sweeten to taste with sugar.
Chocolate filling: Combine melted chocolate and liquid (cream or milk) to form a chocolate filling. Sugar can be used to further enhance the chocolate filling’s sweetness.
Cherry filling: prepare by boiling together sugar and a small amount of water with fresh or frozen cherry. You can use the mashed cherries as filling for hamantaschen cookies once they have been cooked down.
Honey filling: Make a honey filling for your cookies by mixing honey with any other flavorings (such cinnamon or lemon juice).
Hamantaschen Cookies with a Prune Filling: Some Serving Ideas
One of the nicest ways to enjoy a Hamantaschen cookie is with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
They make a great dessert when topped with whipped cream or ice cream.
Serve them hot from the oven with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream for a delicious treat. The warm cookie with the cold, creamy ice cream is a match made in heaven.
This 2023 Hamantaschen recipe is provided in the hopes that it would motivate you to prepare a traditional Jewish dessert. We’ve updated these cookies using current ingredients and methods, so they’re sure to become a new household staple. Enjoy!