Cranberry and White Chocolate Hamentashen

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Cranberry White Chocolate Hamantashen

The tart cranberry pairs nicely with the sweetness of the cookie and the white chocolate adds a bit of creamy richness in these hamentashen. I prefer mixing the white chocolate chips into the filling while it is hot so they melt, but they can also be added after it has cooled so that they stay whole.

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  • 2 dozen hamentashenServings

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1/2 cup margarine, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 cup shortening, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2-4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 egg 1 tablespoon water, lightly beaten

Filling:

  • 1 (12-ounce) bag cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 ounces white chocolate chips (the only parve ones I will use are Oppenheimer)

Preparation

Dough:

1. Pulse dry ingredients in the food processor until well combined. Add margarine and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the beaten eggs and pulse until combined.

2. Remove the mixture from the food processor and pour into a large bowl. Sprinkle with two tablespoons of orange juice and mix until it comes together into a ball. If the dough seems dry add the remaining orange juice.

3. Divide the dough into two disks, wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Filling:

1. While the dough is chilling make the filling. Place cranberries, orange juice and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until all the cranberries have popped. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until melted. Let the filling cool to room temperature.

Baking:

1. Roll out the dough and cut into circles using a round cutter. (It is easiest to roll it out between two pieces of parchment paper) 

2. Fill each circle with a small amount of filling. (For 2 inch circles use about a teaspoon of filling). 

3. Brush each circle with the egg wash and fold two sides together, pinching tight to make a corner. Fold up the remaining side to make a triangle with the filling showing in the middle and pinch the other two corners well. It is important that they are well pinched, so that they do not come open in the oven.

4. Bake at 350 until they are slightly firm to the touch, about 11 minutes.