A Holiday Tradition March 06 2015
This week we celebrated the Jewish Holiday of Purim. For most people this means costumes, carnivals and gifting sweets to friends. As a child, Purim for me meant making Hamantaschen, a traditional Purim cookie shaped like a triangle, with my grandmother. I continue the tradition as an adult making these cookies each year for friends. This year I used the Clementine Marmalade from Gus & Grey Jams and the cookies were divine! I know my grandmother would be proud of the finished product. Below is her recipe.
GRANDMA TERRRY’S HAMANTASCHEN
Makes 36 cookies
1 cup oil
1 ¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
5 ½ cups flour
2 cups of your favorite Jam
Beat eggs well. Add oil and sugar and continue to beat.
Next add vanilla, baking powder and salt, mix well. Gradually add the flour, you may need to mix the last bit in by hand.
Chill the dough for 20 minutes.
Divide dough in half. Roll out on floured surface to ¼ inch thickness. Cut into 3-4 inch rounds. Continue rolling and cutting the dough until you have all the circles cut.
Fill with a heaping teaspoon of your favorite jam. Draw sides in to form a triangle and pinch closed.
Place cookies on a sheet sprayed with non-stick spray or on a silpat. Allow some space between the cookies so they do not stick together.
Bake at 350 F or 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned.