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Purim is coming soon and I have already started to think about my mishloh manot (sending gifts of food and drink to family and friends in Hebrew). The obvious treats most of us include in the box is sweet hamantaschen cookies. Last year,
I shared a vegan sweet hamantaschen recipe, you need to check it out! This year I already shared another sweet hamantaschen recipe in my monthly newsletter - chocolate hamantaschen.
This time around though, I want to add savory hamantaschen too. If you have never heard of this name for these delicious cookies, in short, it’s a traditional cookie you have during Purim (a Jewish holiday). The cookies are famous for their triangle shape and they always contain a filling, such as chocolate, jam, and so on. I chose to fill these savory hamantaschen with cheese and spinach - YUM!
Any pie filling can work as the filling for hamantaschen cookies because the dough for the cookies is also very similar to a pie shell. Win-win!
In order to get the triangle shape, you need to have round cookies cut from the dough. You can use a round cookie cutter or any cup you have in your kitchen. The size of the cookie will change by the size of the circle you cut out.
You place the filling in the middle of the cut dough and close it with your hands to the shape of a triangle cookie.
To garnish the savory hamantaschen, I brush the cookies with a bit of water and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. You can use any seed that you like of course.
Recipe yields approximately 12 cookies.
I hope you will have a happy and enjoyable Purim - here is the recipe:
Ingredients for the dough:
For the filling: