Oznei Haman = Haman’s Ears. Literally.

If ever the day comes, it’ll probably be difficult to prove I’m not a cannibal after this post. After all, “Haman’s Ears”? But don’t freak out just yet. That’s not a good enough reason to freak out.

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Stop and smell the flowers. And the hamantaschen.

Wait until you see the amazingness that is Oznei Haman/Hamantaschen, and then proceed to freak out. I’ll wait.

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Straight outta the oven.

For all of you out there that aren’t Jewish, oznei haman are cookies made for Purim, which is sort of like Jewish Halloween. Jew-o-een? Hallo-Jew? Hall-jew-een? I’ll get back to you on that.

Anyways, Purim has a whoooole history which you can find a great explanation for here, if you so choose. If not, on to the recipe!

Disclaimer: I’m not religious in the least. My family just celebrates the main holidays, so we’re really just lazy Jews. We call ourselves Whatever-I-Want-Jews, because we do whatever we want. For example, holidays always seem to mysteriously end up on a weekend…

….But when Purim rolls around, you gotta have these cookies. Look at them. LOOK AT THEM.

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Oozing jam.

This recipe is actually my grandmother’s, and I remember making these with her in the kitchen when she came to visit. (where else would I make these with her? the living room? anyways.)

Oznei Haman (Purim Cookies)

Ingredients:

200g softened butter

2 tbsp. oil (I used canola)

3/4 cups granulated sugar

1 egg

3 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup orange juice

lemon zest

Nutella, jam, or anything else you can think of for a filling (just make sure it’s not something too runny)

Directions:

Mix everything together by hand or with a stand mixer. Let the dough rest for half an hour on a table. Roll the dough out into one large piece of 1/4-1/2 cm thickness. Get a cup and cover the brim with flour. Use the cup to create circular disks in the dough. You’ll have pieces of dough around these disks which you can keep re-rolling and re-disking (?) until you run out. Put about a teaspoon of filling in the center of each disk. To fold the disks, use your two index fingers and two thumbs to form the disk into a triangle by pinching. Because I didn’t take pictures of the process, here is a great example from bakingfix.com (thanks!):

Stick them in a 350° F oven for about 15 minutes, or until they’re golden.

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Mind you, they don’t stay uneaten like this for long.

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Any special holiday recipes you can remember always making? Leave a comment 🙂

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