Milk and Cereal Hamantaschen Recipe

The comforting indulgence of breakfast cereal is the starting point for these fun and celebratory Purim treats.

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.

As I mulled over what kind of Purim treats to whip up this year, I wanted to create some vibrant cookies that tasted as delicious as they looked. I don’t know what it is about a bowl of cereal that is somehow comforting and indulgent, but that was my starting point for these milk and cereal hamantaschen: a long way from the story of Haman and Esther, but fun and celebratory nevertheless.

Kids will love making and eating these colorful treats using their favorite cereals; try using any cereal they like, as long as it’s a bit sugary (hey, it’s a holiday!). And if you like handing out gifts in your community as part of the festivities, these hamantaschen would inspire an adorable breakfast-themed mishloach manot.

Note: The dough needs to chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

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Milk and Cereal Hamantaschen Recipe

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Kids and adults alike will love this fun, colorful take on the classic Purim cookie.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12-18

Ingredients

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For the dough:

  • ½ cup butter (or margarine)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp milk (or almond milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour + more for rolling
  • ¼ cup crushed Fruity Pebbles cereal (or other cereal of your choosing)
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup milk (preferably whole milk, but not skim)
  • ¼ cup Fruity Pebbles (or other cereal)
  • pinch salt
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • additional cereal, for topping

Instructions

  1. Start by prepping the filling: In a small bowl combine the milk and Fruity Pebbles. Set aside.
  2. To make the dough, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg, milk and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and crushed cereal. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture in batches until dough forms.
  3. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic. Flatten into disc and place in fridge for at least 1 hour.
  4. While dough is chilling, finish making the filling. Combine the milk-cereal mixture with softened cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  6. Take half dough and roll out to ¼-inch thickness. Cut rounds using a cookie cutter or drinking glass.
  7. Add about ½ tsp filling into the middle of each round. Fold corners up into triangles, pinching carefully on each end.
  8. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat. Place in fridge for 10 minutes.
  9. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Allow to cool completely before eating.

Notes

The dough needs to chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

  • Author: Shannon Sarna
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes + 1 hour 10 minutes chill time
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Holiday

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