BEST Hamentashen Recipe

This is my best ever recipe for hamentashen for the Jewish holiday of Purim! They are super easy and simple to make and taste delicious every time!! If you are looking for the best hamentashen recipe to bake this year TRY THIS ONE!

This recipe is originally from a blog called NotDerbyPie that is unfortunately no longer updated!

  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups (+extra for rolling out dough) flour
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugar about 1 minute.
  3. Add egg, vanilla and the zest of a half a lemon and mix for another minute.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine baking powder, salt, and 2 cups of the flour.
  5. Combine the dry and wet ingredients.
  6. Gather dough into a flat disk, use extra flour on your hands to make sure the dough is not sticky. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30-45 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle working surface with flour, and roll out dough to 1/8-inch thick.
  8. Use a circle cookie cutter (about 2-3 inch. in size) to cut circles in the dough.
  9. Lift each circle off the surface and place on baking sheet.
  10. Drop about a tsp. of filling onto each circle.
  11. Pinch the circle into a three cornered triangle. Use water on your fingertips if the dough isn’t sticking.
  12. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 375 degrees, until the edges just start to brown.

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  1. Thanks for the recipe. I used it today but my dough crumbles apart when I work with it. My hamentashem were not able to be shaped properly. How can I fix the dough? Add water?

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    1. So sorry to hear it! Yes you need less flour and more liquid (also just a little time working the dough as it warms up in your hands before you roll it). The only time this happened to me was when I used a brand of margarine that wasn’t good for baking.

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