I made some Hamentashen tonight and I am so proud! Doesn’t it look delicious?
Hamentashen is a cookie traditionally eaten by Jewish people for the holiday of Purim, which is coming up on the 23rd and 24th of February. I made some early Hamentashen this evening, though – I just couldn’t resist a whole wheat recipe I found!
While I was making these cookies, my parents and my brother were watching T.V. on the other side of the house. But they smelled something chocolatey baking, and quickly migrated into the kitchen for a taste. EVERYONE thought these were double chocolate at first glance: I must admit they do look like chocolate cookies with chocolate filling.
Actually, they are much more sophisticated than simply chocolate all over. The dough is chocolate. the filling is St. Dalfour’s Wild Blueberry jam, and there are chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts scattered throughout each cookie. I’ve always thought the doughy part of Hamentashens surrounding the filling was too boring, so I tried to add mix-ins to make that part more worth eating.
When I disclosed that they contained blueberry, I expected my little brother to back out and not even taste the cookies. But he split one with my mom, eating a piece she skillfully broke off that did not have any filling. He and my mom both said it was good. So did my dad.
I thought they were amazing, if I do say so myself. Even better than I’d hoped, soft, rich, chocolatey, the blueberry filling lending fruity sweetness and more excitement. The crunchy hazelnuts and melty chocolate chips were a stimulating addition to each bite. Of course, any baked item is at its greatest potential straight out of the oven.
I would be interested to try making whole wheat Hamentashen again, and experiment with different fillings.
Here is my recipe. Feel free to try it, maybe use a different filling or different mix-ins if you would like to experiment.