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Hamantaschen: a Jewish delicacy

by Gus Cronwell, opinion editor

Hamentashen Ingredients:
Bakes about 96 cookies 

4 eggs

1 cup oil

1 1/4 cups sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

5 7/8 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

some filling (Jam, Nutella, or the traditional poppy seed filling)

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

2. Mix together eggs, oil, sugar, salt, and vanilla

3. Add baking powder and flour

4. Knead until smooth, add water as needed

5. Roll out very thin (1/8 inch if you can) on a floured board

6. Cut out circles with a glass or cookie cutter (with a diameter of at least a couple of inches)

7. Put a dollop of filling in the center of each circle

8. Fold in three sides over the filling to make a triangle with filling showing in the center

9. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.

Cultural Background 

Hamantaschen are treats usually associated with the holiday Purim, which takes place in the spring, though they are a lovely Jewish dessert that can technically be made at any time of year, and the sweet cookie with a jammy interior makes it a perfect holiday treat! The significance of hamantaschen varies from source to source, but they most commonly represent a man named Haman’s hat, or ears, which is why they have a triangular shape. Haman was supposedly the adviser to the king of Babylon. The Babylonians had gone and captured Jerusalem and moved the Jews to Babylon a while earlier, so there were a bunch of Jews in Babylon, and Haman didn’t like them. So he tried to get the king to have all the Jews killed, but his plot was discovered by the king’s secretly Jewish wife, Esther, and he was hanged. Anyway, the Jews survived, and the holiday is celebrated by making and eating hamantaschen and using noisemakers to make noise whenever Haman’s name is said, just to make it clear how much nobody likes him. 

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