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Oh once there was a Wicked Wicked Man

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Political jokes aside, here is my take on Hamantashen, the traditional cookie of Purim:

Note: dough requires refrigeration for 3 hours to overnight so plan ahead!

Parve* Hamantashen


10 oz coconut oil, softened but preferably not liquid

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 t orange extract

1 T orange juice

1 large egg

2 1/4-2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

Filling: (see variations below)

1 cup walnuts, toasted (I like to do this in a toaster oven about 300 degrees for 1-2 minutes, keep an eye out, nuts burn quickly).

1/2 cup (scant) sugar

1/2 t orange extract

1 orange, zest and flesh (discard pith), cut into 1/8ths (you can also substitute 1/2 a grapefruit for a slightly tarter effect)

1 T cointreau or other orange liquor

2 T raisins or other dried fruit (prunes, figs, dates, apricots)

1/2 t cinnamon (optional)

1/2 cup orange or grapefruit marmalade or other preserves of your choice.

Dough: In the food processor using the dough blade, combine sugar and coconut oil; mix until well combined. Add remaining ingredients (start with smaller amount of flour) and process until the dough is slightly sticky but forms a ball. (if the dough is VERY sticky, add a bit more flour, up to 1/4 cup). Flatten into 2 pieces and cover well with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 3 hours – overnight.

Remove dough from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature, about 3o minutes depending on temperature of your kitchen. Note: coconut oil takes a bit longer to soften than butter would.

Filling: In the food processor combine all the ingredients and process to a fine chopped consistency. Set aside

Making the Hamantashen: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using 1/2 the dough, roll out to 1/8″ thickness on a very lightly floured surface. Using a biscuit cutter or a tumbler, cut into 3″ disks. If the dough has become dry and flaky, add a little bit of water, maybe 1-2 t at a time until you are able to work with it.

Place each disk onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Place 1.5 t of filling in the center of each disk. Moisten the edges of the dough with a bit of water. Bring the edges of dough up to form a triangle (practice with a circle of paper first if you are unsure of how this works). Pinch the edges together leaving a small opening at the center top.

Bake 15-17 minutes until cookies are golden.

Yield 30-36 Hamantashen

*Parve indicates that there are neither dairy nor meat products in a food

Variations: Fill the dough using prune butter (lekvar) or apricot butter or a paste made of poppy seeds (mohn).IMG_2207.JPG





Author: ssleedsrd1843

Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian who loves to cook and to eat! Her love of both naturally led to a career in nutrition. After years practicing clinical nutrition, Sari now focuses on Nutrition Education. Sari’s limits her private practice to the counseling of adults specializing in medical nutrition therapy. With “moderation” as her mantra, Sari knows that no matter what the condition, eating needs to be pleasurable. Her blog,, is a forum reflecting that mantra with healthful and delicious foods as well as tips for a healthy lifestyle. All content of is the intellectual property of Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RDN, CDN

One thought on “Oh once there was a Wicked Wicked Man

  1. Oh, today, we’ll merry merry be!

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