The triangular Purim cookies called hamentashen are the greatest, most popular and tasty Purim treats. Hamentashen include a variety of fillings, including chocolate, prune, apricot, raspberry, cherry or even cheese, but this cherry hamentashen recipe will delight your family and friends.
Recipe For Purim Cookies (Hamentashen)
¾ cup margarine, softened (not tub margarine or light margarine)
¾ cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ¼ cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 2-ounce can cherry pie filling
Sugar, for sprinkling
In a mixing bowl, cream the margarine with an electric beater. Beat in the sugar gradually, until fluffy. Beat in the egg and the vanilla. Add the flour and salt, and continue to beat the mixture until dough forms.
Then place the dough into a two-quart plastic bag, and flatten it into a disk shape. Refrigerate the dough in the bag overnight. When ready, roll the dough onto a floured surface to ?-inch thickness. Cut out circles with a cup or a circle cookie cutter.
Spoon a little bit of filling into the center of the circles. Fold up the edges from underneath with your fingers to form a triangle, and pinch the corners. Do this with all the cut-out circles. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper. Use a spatula to lift them if they are sticky. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of each cookie. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes or until pale golden in color.
Baskets of these cookies make the perfect Purim gift. If anyone asks about the origin of the name "hamentashen," let them know that the triangular shape of the cookies refers to either the hat or the ear of Haman, the evil character in the Purim story.
Putting on a Purim spiel is one of the best ways to celebrate Purim. Purim spiels are performances-either puppet shows, skits, comedy routines or musicals-that include elements of the Purim story.
According to the story of Purim, a king takes a queen, Esther, who hides her Jewish identity. But she eventually reveals the truth in order to save her people from death.
The feast of Purim came about because one of the mitzvot (commandments) of Purim is to eat a great meal together and celebrate with food and drink.