Coooking Temperature: 375 °F / 190 °C / Gas Mark 5
Adjust Servings Here: 24cookies
A Purim party is incomplete without Purim cookies also called Hamantaschen or Oznei Haman. These dates Purim cookies are filled with naturally sweet dates and pecans folded in a shortbread cookie dough to get a traditional triangle shape before being baked until they are lightly golden on the edges.
Remove the pits from the dates and roughly chop them.
Place them in a saucepan with orange juice, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Cook on low until the dates are soft enough to be mashed with a fork (3 minutes).
Once all the dates are mashed completely. Add the chopped nuts - stir well to combine. Let cool completely before you fill the cookies.
In a bowl, sift and combine together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy.Tip - do not cream too long, just until the sugar is melted, as we do not want to add too much air into our dough.
Add the egg and egg yolk one at a time. Followed by the vanilla extract and orange extract
Next, add the flour mixture and orange juice. Combine well into a soft dough. Tip - you can combine the dry ingredients and orange juice all at once.
Divide the dough into two discs. Wrap well in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.Tip - it is important to chill until the dough is firm enough to roll. Otherwise, it will be difficult to shape the cookies.
Add Filling and Fold
Roll the chilled cookie dough on a lightly floured surface to about ⅛ thickness.Tip - You want the cookies thin enough so you can overlap the edges without cracking but thick enough so they won't become too hard.
Add about a tablespoon of filling in the center. Tip -Do not add too much filling because the hot filling will force the cookies to open during baking.
Dampen the disc edges very lightly with water or egg white Tip - you need just a dap of the water or egg whites otherwise it will be difficult to secure these folds
Method one - Overlap the three corners as shown in the video. Fold the first two sides over at one end. Then overlap the third side under the first and under the second.Tip -At all times each side should be one under and one over the other. Sounds complicated but if you see the video it's pretty simple.
Method two - FInd the middle. Pinch two sides together, Bring the third side up and pinch to meet the other two sides. Tip - Press the folds gently, but firmly so they do not open during baking.
Chill and bake
Once all cookies are filled - chill them in the fridge while you preheat the oven.Tip - chilling helps the cookies hold their shape better.
Preheat the oven at 375 °F / 190 °C / Gas Mark 5
Brush the cookies with egg wash. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are lightly golden.
Cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before you store them in a cookie jar. These will stay for up to a week.
Chill the dough as required. This will prevent the cookies from spreading too much.
Roll the disc fairly thin so the cookies do not look bulky.
However, too thick cookies tend to open up when baking.
Use the right method for the right technique. The pinch method works with firm cookie dough. And yet, if you are unsure use the overlap method. Alternatively, test a few cookies with the pinch method first before you do the whole batch.
Keep the filling thick so it won't bleed out of the cookies.
Do not overfill the center to prevent overflow. The cookie dough is shortbread based so it's delicious on its own.
Make the disc no smaller than 3 inches because once folded they tend to be smaller in size. Unless, of course, you want mini hamantaschen cookies which are very pretty too.
Bake until they are starting to get slightly brown on the sides. Don't brown too much to prevent them from going hard.
These cookies will stay fresh for up to a week but they taste best in the first few days of baking.
The cookie dough can be chilled for a week in the fridge or frozen for up to three months in the freeze.
Fruit fillings will last for a week in the fridge.
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