Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Hamantaschen

March 6, 2018 at 12:33 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 6 Comments
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It’s Hamantaschen time! Or at least it was last week, for Purim, when these triangular filled cookies could be found all over New York City bakeries and gourmet shops. Actually, I think most bagel shops here sell them year-round in the pastry case next to the Italian rainbow cookies and the black & whites. At the bagel shop, they know no season. I have made hamantaschen many times before at home, but have always used a butter-based recipe that’s very similar, actually, to the cookie-like sweet tart dough that we use often with TWD projects. This recipe uses oil instead and makes a very soft dough that’s kind of fiddly and needs a lot of chilling before you can work with it, and then even some more chilling while you are working with it. Mine stayed together pretty well, but I don’t mind if hamantaschen open up or leak a little. That just means there’s lots of filling and will probably be delicious. Soon out of the oven, these are like little jam tarts with a crisp shell. Let them sit awhile and they become soft, like the ones you get at the shops. Dorie’s recipe calls for making your own jam filling from dried fruits, but I cheated and took out apricot and huckleberry jams from the fridge. The apricot are my favorite.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. It’s also here. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll and please join us if you haven’t already!


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  1. Yes that deal was indeed FIDdilly!

  2. My family really liked the homemade jam. My husband really likes these but I think I am still partial to the dough I am used to but these are growing on me.

  3. They look scrumptious, I might use Apricot jam for the next batch I make. What fun to read about Hamantaschen in New York City bakeries. So festive and yum!

  4. I’ve never made these before so I had nothing to compare them to, however I really loved the dough. The heat and humidity here did not help with the dough! It was not very user friendly 🙂 I’m jealous of your cooler temps!

  5. Yes, these are just like little jam tarts, and they are delish. I am fascinated by huckleberry jam because we don’t have that here.

  6. Yours are absolutely stunning!!! ❤

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