Hamantaschen cookies are the highlight of Purim. And yet, traditional Purim cookies are not eggless or dairy-free. This simple and easy recipe makes dairy-free and eggless hamantaschen which any filling you want.
For the eggless cookie dough
4oz(113g)Butter(1 stick) unsalted, room temperature
Place chopped strawberries and all other filling ingredients in a saucepan. Cook on low heat until the strawberries are soft, all the water is almost evaporated.Pro-tip - we want a dry filling otherwise it will ooze out of the cookies.
Mash the strawberries with a fork or pulse the filling in a food processor. Cool completely before filling the hamentaschen.Pro tip - the filling must be cooled completely, You can place it in the freeze for a few minutes to cool quickly
Dry ingredients - sift or combine together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream butter and the powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and combine well. Pro tip - it is important that you cream until light and fluffy as we do want to add a bit of lightness to the dough.
Next, add the flour mix and combine well. If the dough is crumbly add the water or orange juice.Pro tip - we don't want a very soft dough but we don't want a very crumbly dough either. Add only just enough to bring the dough together. The crumbly dough will give us that biscuit-like texture.
Divide the dough into two. Shape into a disc, wrap in plastic, and chill in the fridge for a30 minutes up to 2 hours until firm enough to roll. Pro tip - the dough can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days or frozen for up to a month.
Roll & Fill
Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface Pro tip - if the dough is too hard let it rest at room temperature for just a bit otherwise it will crack when trying to roll.
Roll the chilled cookie dough on a lightly floured surface to about ⅛ thickness.Pro 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.Pro 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 waterPro tip - you need just a dap of the water otherwise it will be difficult to secure these folds
Overlap the three corners. Fold the first two sides over at one end. Then overlap the third side under the first and under the second.Pro 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.
Chill and Bake
Once all cookies are filled - chill them in the fridge while you preheat the oven.
Chill the cookies for at least 20 minutes while the oven is preheating. Pro tip - Chilling helps the cookies hold their shape better
Preheat the oven at 375 °F / 190 °C / Gas Mark 5. 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.
Compared to the other fillings these strawberry-filled hamantaschen cookies will stay fresh for up to a week only.
The cookie dough can be chilled for a week in the fridge or frozen for up to three months in the freeze
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