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.
Wait until you see the amazingness that is Oznei Haman/Hamantaschen, and then proceed to freak out. I’ll wait.
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.
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)
200g softened butter
2 tbsp. oil (I used canola)
3/4 cups granulated sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup orange juice
Nutella, jam, or anything else you can think of for a filling (just make sure it’s not something too runny)
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.
Any special holiday recipes you can remember always making? Leave a comment 🙂