For some background on Hamentaschen: Purim is a holiday where the Jewish people celebrate their triumph over Haman and all of their enemies. What better way is there to celebrate the holiday than by eating a cookie that symbolizes the victory over their rivals?
Hamantaschen are an intriguing dessert to enjoy on Purim mostly for their unusual shape. It’s a cookie that tastes good and that bears historical significance to the story of Purim. But what exactly is the history behind these triangular cookies?
The simplest and most widely heard explanation is that Hamantaschen symbolize Haman’s triangular hat. This signifies the Jewish people’s victory over Haman. Israelis refer to Hamantaschen as Oznei Haman, the ears of Haman, which demonstrates the same symbolism.