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Classic No-Fail Hammentashen Recipe

10 Comments 09 February 2012

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Whether you spell it hamantaschen, hamantashen, hamentaschen hamentashen,or hammentoshen, every Jewish Hostess has their favorite Purim classic triangular cookie that will be handed down to their kids and grandkids. This great no-fail, easy recipe is on page 230 of the classic Red Deal Delights cookbook that was compiled by the Syrian Jewish women in on the Jersey Shore in 1985. This cookbook has traditional Sephardic recipes that is a must in every Syrian Jewish home. I wonder if they had Hammentashen in the old days in Syria…

You can order your Deal Delights cookbooks from the hard working PTA at Hillel Yeshiva.


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 jar apricot butter
  • 1 jar prune butter

Beat eggs, and add sugar, oil, vanilla,baking powder, salt and flour (add flour slowly) while beating continuously until you have a workable dough.

Roll dough into baseball size balls and add slight amount of flour to reduce stickiness.

Roll flat with rolling pin.

Even the boys can get involved…..

Cut into circles using the plastic red top of a can of spray Pam.

Place one teaspoon of the fillings into each circle and squeeze with 3 pinches to form hammentashen shape.

You can even use kosher chocolate chips, Nuttela, and homemade fruit preserves as a filling! Yum!

Bake on sprayed parchment paper lined cookie sheet till desired crunchiness (about 25-30 minutes).

What fantabulous new fashioned sweet fillings can you think of this year?

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10 Comments so far

  1. Prag says:

    another great recipe, I have to say apricot butter is new to me, is it very different than jam?

  2. Ronnie Fein says:

    Looks like the perfect, simple recipe. Old fashioned hamantashen. I have been looking high and low for Simon Fisher apricot butter. NO LUCK, even at Fairway. It’s the best apricot lekvar.

  3. Julia says:

    My grandmother traditionally made these with poppy seed and walnut filling with honey and raisins… amazing!

  4. Frieda says:

    By far the best recipe!!!
    We add a bit of orange juice to the dough. I don’t know why, but thats what my mom and grandma did.
    This year I even made some with chocolate spread, mmmm mmmm good!!!
    (if I may say so myself :-)

    Purim Sameach everyone

  5. favsisinlaw says:

    Hi Marlene,
    FYI the red Deal Delights was first published in 1977!

  6. Chava Malka says:

    i wouldn’t put in chocolate chips, they get hard and it’s no fun biting into that. and why is it specified as ‘kosher’? what were we going to put in?

    • marlenem says:

      Hi Chava- thanks for commenting.
      1- my chocolate chips didnt get hard. They were soft and melty and we have none left for Purim!
      2- I know the “kosher” word sounds dumb but for Search Engine Optimization reasons, they tell us to stick in as many “keywords” as possible into the text so that people googling “kosher” will find The Jewish Hostess. I guess it backfired and made it sound silly. Sorry to have it sound like an insult. I will try not to do it too often! Happy Purim! Marlene M.

  7. Gayle Krost says:

    This is by far THE best hamentashen recipe!!

    My husband and I have been making them since we got married and now with the kids. They are better than any hamentashen we have ever had!

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