So Purim is this week and we've been reading lots of books about Purim and of course talking by about the different holiday traditions that come along with it. One of the favorite foods people associate with Purim are these delicious triangle shaped cookies called Hamantashen. There are so many versions out there. Traditionally it is a butter cookie filled with a fruit jam or poppy seeds. However, a few weeks ago I was looking in our pantry and saw this jar of cookies & creme cookie butter I picked up from Trader Joe’s that I've had no use for and it hit me... It would be the perfect filling for Hamantashen! I opted to use a chocolate dough since I think it goes better with the filling and wow are they amazing! You can thank me later. You don't want to waste another minute, you need to get baking!
Dylan, Jake, and Emma had fun getting into the holiday spirit with me. Baking is a regular occurrence in our house. Everyone has a job. They get out the "helper chair" so that they can use the mixer and we rotate down the line taking turns mixing, smelling the vanilla, cracking eggs, etc. They loved being able to cut the dough into circles and help fill the Hamantashen for this recipe. Of course I think their favorite part was licking their individual spoons of cookie butter at the end ;)
These Hamantashen were a huge crowd pleaser in our house. Scott even said they were the best he's ever tasted! (And believe me he is brutally honest about things he doesn't like!) Make these you won't regret it!
Chocolate Hamantashen filled with Cookies & Creme Cookie Butter
Yields: 15-17 Hamantashen
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter softened
3/4 cup sugar
1.5 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 jar Cookies & Creme Cookie Butter (I got mine from Trader Joe’s, but I believe Ralph's is now making it too)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir to combine and set aside.
In another large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter and add in the sugar. Cream together then add in the egg and vanilla. Beat until they are fluffy.
Now slowly add in the flour mixture in 3 parts until fully combined. The dough will be crumbly by the end. Set the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Remove dough from fridge. Form dough into a ball and then split into 2 circles. Using a rolling pin roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness. (I roll mine in between two pieces of wax paper for less mess) Cut the dough into 2-3" circles using a cookie cutter or the top of a large rimmed glass or bowl. Place circles on parchment paper. Repeat with remaining dough until you've used it all. This recipe made about 17 Hamantashen.
Once all the circles are on the trays scoop about a tablespoon of cookie butter into the middle of each circle.
Now to form them into triangles, you need to pinch the top together and then the 2 bottom corners leaving a space at the middle for the filling to show through. Once they are done place in the oven and bake for 14-16 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool on the tray for 3-5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
*dough recipe adapted from http://recipes.holidays.net/view_recipe.php?id=215