If you’ve never made compost cookies, but you love desserts that are a little salty and a little sweet, this cookie (and hamantaschen) are for you. Do a quick Google search for “compost cookie” and you will come up with dozens of recipes. But the original compost cookie was born out of the crazy genius dessert brain of Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, one of my personal baking heroes. The recipe for her famous cookie (and cakes and crazy desserts) can be found in her cookbook, which I absolutely love and highly recommend if love baking projects.
If I had to choose only 5 foods to have for the rest of my life, ice cream would be high on that list. And while there are certainly ice cream purists out there, I’m the type of person who prefers my ice cream highly adulterated with multi-textured mix-ins. That’s why Rocky Road has been a favorite flavor of mine, for seemingly forever. There’s something about the crunchy almonds and gooey marshmallow that complement a rich and decadent chocolate ice cream like nothing else.
On Purim it is traditional to eat food with fillings hidden inside to symbolize the hidden nature of the Purim miracle, like hamantaschen, kreplach and stuffed cabbage. And from this list of “stuffed” treats, one might assume that all Purim foods are Ashkenazi in origin, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Of late, more and more hidden culinary secrets from other Jewish communities are becoming more well-known and changing the Jewish food vocabulary. Yes, we might describe this as a miracle too.
Do you fold or pinch? It’s an enduring question in the world of hamantaschen baking. Some prefer pinwheel hamantaschen (like these Irish Creme Hamantaschen), while others like corners that are puckered and pinched (like these gorgeous Cannoli Hamantaschen). But no matter how committed you are to one method or the other, it might just come down to what your dough wants to do.
It’s that time of year, when bloggers and crazy Jewish women everywhere scramble to come up with unique variations of hamantaschen. And I am nothing if not a crazy Jewish woman.
Leave it to the Jews to have a cookie inspired by cultural annihilation! Hamantaschen are the triangular pastries associated with the holiday of Purim, when Jews read from the Book of Esther, the Megillah, and celebrate the triumph of good (Esther) over evil (Haman, who planned to destroy the Jewish people).
The Brooklyn neighborhood I grew up in was an almost even mix of Jewish and Italian.
With Purim a month away — the night of March 23 (in 2016, when this was originally published) — it’s finally an acceptable time to start fantasizing about hamantaschen. These three-cornered cookies, are typically filled with jams, poppy seeds, Nutella, or chocolate ganache. But here at The Nosher, we like to get pretty creative.