Cherry Hamantashen

Tammy T


This is pronounced [HAH-men-tahsh-en] and is named after a story from the Bible. The book of Esther, who plays the leading role in saving her people. This cookie is made to give as gifts to friends and the poor from the Jewish holiday, Purim. I can not say I know all about this holiday, just a little background info into the cookie. The story of Purim, however, holds out the hope that no matter how bad the circumstances, things will turn out well in the end. You can use any pie filling you like! Very easy to do! I found this recipe on and submitted by Caryn Gale. Photo by Charmine777

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1 Hr
15 Min
Convection Oven


3/4 c
margarine, softened (not tub margarine)
3/4 c
large egg
1 tsp
grated lemon zest
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
drops of water
(21 ounce) can cherry pie filling or can use any kind of preserve or try mincemeat
sugar, for sprinkling
2 1/4 c

How to Make Cherry Hamantashen


  • 1Cream margarine in mixer bowl.

    Add sugar and beat till fluffy.

    Beat in egg, lemon peel, and vanilla.

    Add in flour and salt.

    Beat in water a few drops at a time until dough starts to come away from sides of bowl.

    Place dough in a 2-quart size bag and form into a flat disk.

    Refrigerate for a minimum of 2-3 hours and maximum of 2-3 days.
  • 2Roll out dough flat about an 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.

    Using a round cookie cutter or the top of a cup, cut out circles. (make sure the circles are big enough to hold the filling)

    Spoon 2 cherries and a little bit of filling onto the dough circles.

    To fold into the shape of a hamentashen (a triangle) use both thumbs and the two first fingers on each hand.

    Slide two fingers from left hand under left side and two fingers from right hand under right side and two thumbs under the bottom of circle.

    Bring all fingers (with dough) together to form a triangle and try to pinch close.

    Repeat this process with remaining circles and dough.
  • 3Place on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper.

    Sprinkle a small amount of sugar on top of each one.

    Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes or just starting to turn pale golden.

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About Cherry Hamantashen

Course/Dish: Cookies, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Middle Eastern
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtag: #preserves