These fruit filled cookies are a traditional treat for Jewish families associated with the Purim holiday. The name refers to Haman, the villain in the story of Queen Esther from the Old Testament. The pastry used for the cookies is folded over the fruit filling to create a representation of Haman's 3-cornered hat. But you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy these sweet treats!
Chilling the shaped cookies
for 15 minutes before baking helps them keep their shape. They can be served with or without a simple powdered sugar glaze.
The delicious fruit filling in this recipe is from pop tart filling recipe created by Chef Alina.
Yields: 4 dozen
6 Tbsp (85g) unsalted butter at room temperature
2/3 cup (70g) vegetable shortening
3⁄4 cup (149g) granulated sugar
3⁄4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp (28g) lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp lemon juice
3 1⁄2 cups (420g) Better Batter Original Flour Blend
3 Tbsp (21g) cornstarch
2 tsp baking powder
1⁄4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 large egg plus 1 egg white (reserve the yolk)
1 1⁄2 cups pure fruit, preserves or jam (not jelly)
2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp cold water
Beat together the butter, shortening, sugar, salt, lemon zest, vanilla, and lemon juice until light and fluffy.
Add the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder and mix.
Add heavy whipping cream and egg with egg white and mix until a cohesive dough forms.
Divide the dough in half. Wrap it well and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. It can be refrigerated overnight.
While the dough is chilling, make the filling.
In a small saucepan, mix the cornstarch with the cold water. Add the jam.
Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Continue stirring while it simmers.
Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. (Chilling the filling allows it to set and makes it easier to work with.)
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Prepare several parchment lined or greased cookie sheets.
Working with one half of the dough at a time, roll the dough onto a floured surface.
Make a rectangle 16” x 18”, approximately 1/8” to 1/4” thick.
Cut the dough into circles with a 3” round biscuit or cookie cutter. (Smaller makes it more challenging to get the correct shape. Slightly larger is fine.)
Place the circles on the prepared baking sheets. Add only 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle.
Mix the reserved egg yolk with 1 Tbsp water and brush around the edges of each circle. This allows the dough to stick together.
Bring 3 of the “sides” of each circle together to make a 3-cornered “hat”. Pinch the edges together to seal. Freeze the shaped cookies for 15 minutes.
Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom and edges.
Transfer them to a wire rack to cool. Add a simple powdered sugar glaze if desired.
Cookies may be frozen.