Easy Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim!


The Jewish holiday Purim, or Feast of Lots, is coming up on February 25th, so it’s time to pull out the fun costumes, noise makers, and yummy cookies! To commemorate being saved from persecution in the ancient Persian Empire, the Jewish people will  give gifts or charity to those in need, called matanot l’evyonim, perform a Purim spiel, a satirical show either dramatizing the Purim story in a humorous way, or just a funny skit on any theme, and most importantly, have an fantastic feast, or Seudat Purim. One of the most popular Purim treats is a Hamantaschen, or “Haman’s pockets”. These tricornered pastries have contested origins, ranging from looking like hats to ears, but they are always a staple at any Seudat Purim. Here’s an easy recipe for you to try at home! I recommend prepping and covering the dough and refrigerating overnight. Also, you can have fun with the different fillings if none of the “traditional” fillings sound appealing to you! I’ve put Nutella in the center a few times instead of preserves and it was awesome.


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup fruit preserves, any flavor


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until lightly and fluffy. Stir in the oil, vanilla and orange juice. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the batter to form a stiff dough. If dough is not stiff enough to roll out, stir in more flour. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into circles using a cookie cutter or the rim or a drinking glass. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of preserves into the center of each one. Pinch the edges to form three corners.

  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheet before removing to wire racks to cool completely.


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