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Elaine’s Hamantashen (Hamantaschen)


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Elaine’s Hamantashen (Hamantaschen)

I got this a few years ago from a friend who said they usually work well and they do.


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  • 1/2 c vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 c butter or margarine
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 c orange juice
  • 1 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 1/2 t Baking powder
  • Fillings of choice



1 Cream shortening, butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and blend until smooth.
2 Stir in the orange juice and vanilla. Fold in the flour, salt and baking powder. Mix to make a firm but soft dough. Pat dough into a smooth disc, cover and let it rest for 10 minutes.
3 Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the dough into 2 or 3 flattened discs and work with one portion at a time.
4 Roll out the dough on a lightly floured board to a thickness of 1/8 “. Us a 3″ cookie cutter and cut as many rounds as you can. Brush the rounds with egg wash (1 egg plus 1 egg yolk whisked with 1-2 T water and a pinch of sugar).
5 Fill with a generous teaspoonful of filling. Draw the 3 sides together. Brush with additional egg wash.
6 Bake in the center of the preheated overn for 18 to 25 min. until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets.
7 Note: You can make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate, wrapped in plastic, for up to 2 days or frozen (either in the dough form or the finished cookies) for a couple of months. If refrigerating, allow the dough to warm up before rolling out.

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I got this a few years ago from a friend who said they usually work well and they do.


About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




7 Responses to Elaine’s Hamantashen (Hamantaschen)

  1. avatar says: michele

    You didn’t list the amount of flour for this recipe.

  2. Were is the recipe for the filling?

  3. avatar says: brocha

    how many hamantaschen does this recipe make?

  4. avatar says: shelly

    21/2 cups flour is not enough for the amount of liquid in this recipe. I bumped it up to 4 cups. Worked well.

  5. What sort of fillings do you use? Jam or dried fruit?

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