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Mixed flavor hamantaschen purim cookie recipe jewish
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The Best Hamantaschen

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4.9 from 12 reviews

A foolproof ticket to the perfect hamantaschen.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 16-20 cookies 1x


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  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest (optional)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt


  1. Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth.
  2. Add egg, milk, vanilla and lemon zest until mixed thoroughly.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add dry mixture to wet mixture until incorporated. Note: If the dough is too soft, increase flour amount by a few Tbsp at a time until firmer.
  5. Form dough into a disk and cover with plastic wrap. Chill dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  6. Dust surface with flour to keep from sticking. Roll the dough to about ¼-inch thick.
  7. Using a round 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out and place onto cookie sheet. To keep the dough from sticking to your cutter, dip in flour before each cut.
  8. Fill each round with ½ tsp of your favorite filling, and using your favorite method, pinch corners together tightly.
  9. Pop into the fridge for 10 minutes, or freezer for 5 minutes, to ensure hamantaschen hold their shape.
  10. Bake at 400°F for 7-9 minutes.


  • You need to chill the hamantaschen dough for 1 hour, or up to overnight if you want to make it a day ahead.
  • You can freeze the dough for 1-2 months wrapped in a double layer of plastic wrap. I would not suggest freezing already baked cookies with fillings inside.
  • Author: Shannon Sarna
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes + 1 hour chill time
  • Cook Time: 7-9 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Holiday