Hamantaschen or hat-shaped Purim cookies are filled with fruit and looks a little pie-like. For variation, you can try filling it with different jams, but in this recipe, we’re using dried Turkish apricot filling for the classic sweet and tart flavor. Know more about the you can serve for the holidays!
How To Make Apricot Hamantaschen
Apricot hamantaschen are triangle-shaped, fruit-filled cookies that are traditionally served during the Jewish holiday, Purim.
For Apricot Filling:
- 1¼cupsdried apricots,(preferably Turkish)
- 2cupsall-purpose flour
- ½teaspoonbaking powder
- ½cupunsalted butter,(1 stick), or margarine, chilled
- 1tsplemon zest,finely grated
- 1tsporange zest,finely grated
- 1large egg,lightly beaten
Put the apricots in a small saucepan and add enough water to cover. Put on the lid, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the fruit is tender.
Remove the apricots from the saucepan with a slotted spoon and place in a food processor. Reserve the cooking water. Add the honey and 1 tablespoon of the cooking water to the food processor, and puree until very smooth, scraping down the sides of the food processor from time to time. If the fruit is too thick for the machine to puree it, add 1 to 2 more tablespoons of cooking water.
Scrape the filling into a container, let it cool, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days before baking.
Lay a large sheet of plastic wrap on the counter. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Using the large holes of a box grater, grate the margarine or butter into the bowl (work quickly so the butter does not melt). Add the lemon and orange zest.
Work the grated butter into the flour with a pastry cutter or your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add the egg and knead for a minute or 2, until the dough is smooth and no longer crumbly.
Lay the dough on the plastic wrap, press into a flat rectangle, and wrap tightly. Chill in the refrigerator overnight or up to 3 days.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Take the dough out of the refrigerator and let it come to temperature for 10 minutes.
Lightly flour countertop. Cut the dough in half; return one half to the refrigerator. Dust both sides of the dough lightly with flour.
Roll out to an even ⅛-inch thickness. Use a dry pastry brush or hands to brush off the excess flour. Using a 3-inch biscuit or cookie cutter or a drinking glass, cut the dough into rounds.
Place the rounds on the baking sheets as you go. Once first sheet is filled, pop it in the fridge so the cookies keep their shape while working on the second baking sheet. Save and refrigerate the dough scraps.
Repeat with remaining half of dough, then re-roll scraps and get as many rounds as possible.
Transfer the chilled filling to a piping bag or a zip-top sandwich bag with the corner snipped off. Working with one baking sheet at a time, pipe a circle of filling on the center of each dough round.
Start by folding one edge over. Fold the second edge over so one corner overlaps the other and forms a 60-degree angle. Fold the third edge over, creating the three distinct corners of a triangle.
Arrange the cookies so they are about 2 inches apart (they should all fit on two baking sheets). Bake and set timer for 6 minutes.
When the timer goes off, rotate the sheets front to back and top to bottom. Reset the timer, and bake the cookies for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Total baking time will be 12 to 16 minutes.
Cool the cookies on sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks with a metal spatula.
- Calories: 80.53kcal
- Fat: 2.78g
- Saturated Fat: 1.67g
- Trans Fat: 0.10g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 0.72g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.15g
- Carbohydrates: 13.30g
- Fiber: 0.53g
- Sugar: 7.56g
- Protein: 1.08g
- Cholesterol: 11.95mg
- Sodium: 40.34mg
- Calcium: 10.06mg
- Potassium: 63.46mg
- Iron: 0.48mg
- Vitamin A: 31.93µg
- Vitamin C: 0.20mg
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