Hamantashen – A Traditional Jewish Pastry for Purim


Hamantashen, is a traditional Eastern European (Ashkenazi) pastry eaten at Purim, symbolizing the shape of Haman’s ears, or the shape of the purse that Haman used to collect the Jew’s gold. My friend, Lori’s recipe, originally comes from the Temple Beth Shalom Pre-School in Needham, MA . It’s so easy and a perfect activity with your children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Hamantashen Recipe


1 stick butter/pareve margarine

1 c. sugar

1 egg

1 T. milk (or orange juice)

1 t. vanilla

2 c. flour

2 t. baking powder

1/4 t. salt

2 t. orange zest

filling (pie filling, jam, chocolate chips)


  1. Cream butter(margarine) and sugar until fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla and beat well.
  2. Add flour, salt, baking powder and zest. Mix to form a soft dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 20 min.
  3. Roll to about 1/4″ thick and cut out circles with a round drinking glass. Add 1 tsp. of filling to center of each circle. Fold up the edges to form a triangle and pinch the corners together. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 12 min.


You can make this pareve by substituting pareve margarine for the butter and orange juice for the milk.


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