Friday, November 19, 2010

VeganMoFo: Mom's Hamantaschen

Yum yum yummmmm!

Recipe: Hamantaschen
Family Member: Mom

Brief Description:
Probably one of my all time favorite cookies, my mom’s Hamantaschen are not overly-sweet. Hamantaschen are a traditional Jewish dessert made for Purim. I’d imagine that the sugar cookie-like pocket containing fruit filling would very much appeal to pro-pie folks. Make a big batch and share them with friends!

Original Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
4 cups flour
½ tsp salt
Fruit filling (my mom always used Baker Fine Dessert Filling in poppy, apricot, prune, almond, and cherry)

Original Directions:
1. Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add flour and salt. Mix well until a stiff dough has formed.
2. Roll flat and use a round cookie-cutter to cut circles. Fill the center with fruit filling. (Not too much!) Pinch corners to achieve a triangle shape.
3. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350* for 20 minutes.

Vegan Notes: I used 4 1/2 tsp EnerG Egg Replacer and 6 tbsp warm water for the eggs and Earth Balance for the butter.

Other Notes: I don't have a round cookie cutter, so I used the rim of a large glass, dipped in flour. Make sure you're working on a well-floured surface with a well-floured rolling pin. The consistency of my dough wasn't wet enough, so I added a splash of water. Make sure you fill and form the cookies quickly, or else the dough will dry out and it will be more difficult to get them in the right shape. You also want to make sure to pinch the corners really well so that the fruit filling doesn't ooze out during baking. Also, I couldn't find the fruit filling that my mom uses, so I used some apricot preserves and some cranberry/apple butter. Both came out deliciously! I baked my cookies about 25 minutes. It all depends on what kind of cookie sheet you use. Mine is lighter in color, so it takes longer for things to bake. I got over two dozen cookies out of my batch.




  1. those are so pretty. i've seen them before but never had one.

  2. These photos are absolutely beautiful, Andy!

  3. Oh yum, those look like my kinda cookies.

  4. oh my do i love hamantashen! yum yum yum! i bet these would xgfx easily...


  5. Yes, please I want to make these. I have had these once but vegan? No! Wow, can't wait!

  6. thank you so much for this vegan version of the hamantashen cookies i love these!.

  7. I made these today. This was the same "original recipe" I had gotten from a friend years ago. I have tried to veganize a couple different recipes, but I did not have a favorite that I loved and was never really sure which egg substitute was best. These turned out great with the Ener-G. The dough was a little dry even with a little less sugar used, so I added a little orange juice, since I heard this adds good flavor. They are delicious and probably with sweet fillings could be made with less sugar too. I used 1.75 cups but will try with 1.5 next time.