Jewish Poppy Seed Cookies (Hamantaschen) Recipe for Purim

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Hamantaschen Poppy Seed Cookies
Image by Dr. Bernd Gross

No Purim is ever complete without traditional Jewish poppy seed cookies (also known as Hamantaschen cookies, Oznei Haman or Haman’s ears) – the official Purim feast food.

You can send the most delicious mishloach manot baskets, but Purim is never really complete without poppy seed Hamantaschen cookies for the kids, and adults.

Even though you might go the lazy route and just order Hamantaschen cookies online, it’s way more fun to make the cookies yourself.

Don’t worry it’s not that intimidating… It’s actually quite easy – even for a beginner cook such as myself.

So, up for the challenge?

I knew it! 

Let’s get rolling (literally).

Hamantaschen Poppy Seed Cookies
Jewish Poppy Seed Cookies (Hamantaschen)
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Traditional Jewish poppy seed cookies (also known as Hamantaschen cookies) - the official Purim feast food.
Servings Prep Time
40 cookies 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40 cookies 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Hamantaschen Poppy Seed Cookies
Jewish Poppy Seed Cookies (Hamantaschen)
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Traditional Jewish poppy seed cookies (also known as Hamantaschen cookies) - the official Purim feast food.
Servings Prep Time
40 cookies 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40 cookies 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Hamantaschen Cookies
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 cups Flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil olive oil or canola oil works just as well
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Poppy Seed Filling
  • 1 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
Servings: cookies
Instructions
Hamantaschen Cookies Instructions
  1. Add eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, baking powder and salt to a bowl and whisk properly
  2. Gradually add flour while stirring until it becomes doughy
  3. Roll the dough on a lightly floured board
  4. Cut circles or other shapes with a cup or special Purim cookie cutters
  5. Add a spoonful of poppy seed spread (or chocolate filling) in the center of the shapes
  6. Form the shapes into triangles. Leave a little breathing room for the filling at the top
  7. Bake the cookies for around 20 minutes on 350°F (180°C) or until light brown
Poppy Seed Filling
  1. Add poppy seeds, egg, milk, honey, sugar and salt into a bowl and stir properly
  2. Pour mixture into a saucepan while stirring and cook over moderate heat until thick, for about 10 minutes
  3. Add lemon juice on top of the mixture and stir properly
  4. Cool the poppy seed filling overnight
Recipe Notes
  • Filling can be prepared a few days in advance
  • Chocolate filling is a great alternative
Nutrition Facts
Jewish Poppy Seed Cookies (Hamantaschen)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Potassium 58mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 10g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 6%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Summary

How did the Hamantaschen cookies turn out?

Let us and the other people reading know in the comments below.

Now that your Purim is complete, go celebrate by putting on your little princess costume and tell everyone you made poppy seed Hamantaschen cookies.

Also, it will be nice if you share some with them as well, because sharing is caring (or just eat them all by yourself, whatever).

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