small batch hamantaschen

Small Batch Hamantaschen Recipe

Never heard of hamantaschen? Well, they are a special triangular cookie served on Purim.  More about that in a bit. However, since this is a single serving blog, I’ve made a small batch hamantaschen recipe, not a full one (even though the cookies are delicious, a full recipe is too much)!

I have adapted this from Tory Avey’s butter hamantaschen recipe. She has a non-dairy version too (but any excuse for butter is fine with me!) Back to Purim. Purim, like many Jewish holidays, commemorates when some evildoer tried to exterminate the Jewish people, but we survived. The running joke is, “they tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat!” This often means particular foods that have a special association with the holiday (so latkes for Chanukah, matzo for Passover, and so on).

In this case, we eat triangular cookies. These are in the shape of Haman’s hat,  or possibly his ears, or his pockets. The exact translation depends on where you are from and whether you are translating from Hebrew or Yiddish. Haman, by the way was the villain in the story.  He may have been a villain, but the cookies are delicious.

Now, this recipe works in several steps. Yes, it’s a bit fiddly, but that’s why it’s a holiday treat! First you make the cookie dough and let it chill (so it’s easier to work with). Then, you cut the dough out into circles, and fill them with jam, or some other filling, and finally fold them into triangles and bake. The traditional flavors are apricot, raspberry, poppy seed, and sometimes chocolate. I’ve made mine with strawberry jam (because once I made all those cookies, I didn’t want to fuss with making a special filling too). Yet, another reason (besides not being able to eat a full recipe), why this is a small batch hamantaschen recipe!

Note: There are two methods for shaping the cookies. The first is to wet down the edges and then pinch the sides together. The second is to overlap the edges. I found I got the best results by combining the two methods: dampen the edge, then fold.

This is the pinch folded version (which is easier, but doesn’t hold shut as well):

small batch hamantaschen pinch fold
small batch hamantaschen pinch fold

Here’s what the overlap version looks like (step by step)

small batch hamantashen left fold
left fold small batch hamantaschen
right fold small batch hamantaschen
right fold small batch hamantaschen
small batch hamantaschen finished overlap
small batch hamantaschen finished overlap

Tools for Making Small Batch Hamantaschen

Norpro bench scraper/chopper

Norpro Bench Scraper/Chopper

Helpful for getting the dough out of the bowl (since it’s crumbly) in order to knead it. If you are working in a small space, use the bench scraper to cut the dough in half before you roll it out. This will make it easier to manage. Use this for hamantaschen, challah, mini pies, or for transferring diced veggies from your cutting board to a pot.

JK Adams French rolling pin

J.K. Adams FRP-1 Maple French Rolling Pin

Hamantaschen dough is crumbly and thin, so you will get better results with a heavy-duty rolling pin.  It’s easier to hold than the kind with handles, and does a much better job of rolling out the dough.

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4 thoughts on “Small Batch Hamantaschen Recipe”

  1. Any excuse for butter for me too! I definitely have to make these, but I might wait for April when #2 is back home from Uni. I know she’ll enjoy them.

  2. Azlin, butter is a food group, as far as I’m concerned. I hope your daughter likes them!

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