Stop! Hamantaschen time. This is a popular treat at Purim, a Jewish holiday commemorated on March 16 this year, but it tastes so good it should be made all year round! Inspired by the look of a tricorner hat, these chapeau-shaped cookies are folded over the top to reveal the filling enclosed within. Although fillings such as apricot, poppyseed, or prune are most traditional, they work beautifully with peanut butter (I favor the gentle honey-kissed flavor of The Bee’s Knees) and, if you like, with jelly too. While they might resemble a danish, one bite will tell you they’re really all cookie: falling somewhere between crumbly on the edges and delectably chewy where the filling meets the dough. This is an adaptation of a recipe for traditional Hamantaschen I found on the website, Cupcake Project.
Prep time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Yield: 24-36 cookies, depending on size
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup butter, room temperature
1 jar Bee’s Knees peanut butter
1 jar Seriously Strawberry Jam (optional)
1. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter, mix in the butter and eggs.
2. Divide the dough and form into two flattened disks. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
3. At the end of the chilling time, preheat the oven to 400°F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper; set to the side.
4. Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick.
5. Use approximately 3-inch cookie cutters or the rim of a glass to cut out circles. Gather and re-roll the scraps until you’ve used all of the dough.
6. Set each round on the cookie sheet with about 1 inch around on all sides.
7. Place about 1 tablespoon of The Bee’s Knees in the center of each round of dough. Be sure to leave space on all sides. I found it was also helpful to lightly flatten the dollop of peanut butter using the back of a spoon (it makes folding the dough easier in a couple of steps).
8. Add a dollop of jelly on top, if you’d like to make a PB&J version.
9. Fold the dough once on the left, once on the right, and once from the bottom up–and you will have a triangle. Magic! Make sure the dough is not merely pinched together, but actually overlaps (this will keep it stay sealed during baking). To ensure that a seal is made, lightly wet your fingers while folding over the dough.
10. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until just golden around the edges. Let cool on the sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Jessie uses The Bee’s Knees and strawberry jam PB&G combo in these Hamantaschen cookies. What other Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter combos do you think would be tasty inside these treats?
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