How to Shape a Hamantaschen

August 20, 2012Tina Wasserman
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Tina Wasserman

Hamantaschenhamantaschenאֹזֶן הָמָןTriangle-shaped pastries commonly filled with apricot jam or poppyseed spread (or other fillings) and eaten on Purim; the shape represents Haman's hat or ears are traditional Purim cookies that represent Haman's hats. Here's how to shape them:

  1. Using your favorite rolled sugar cookie recipe or prepared store-bought variety, roll your dough out to 1/8-inch thickness and cut into 3-inch circles.
  2. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle. Regular fruit preserves with lots of fruit pieces can be used, but don't use jelly (it will melt and dissipate, leaving you with an empty cookie).
  3. Hold your hands so that the tips of your thumbs touch, your forefingers are straight up in the air, your left hand makes an L and your right hand makes a J. Place your thumbs at the bottom of the circle (see "B" in the chart) and slightly lift up the dough. Bring your forefingers down at an angle (between "A" & "C" and "A" & "D") and gently push the dough from all sides until it forms an equilateral triangle. Gently pinch the edges together and voila!--you'll have perfect hamantaschen.

In this video, Jewish cooking expert Tina Wasserman demonstrates how to make hamantaschen for Purim. First choose your hamantaschen recipes, then get to work! Happy Purim.

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