Purim is the Biblical Feast of Esther celebrated all over the world. Some fun traditions include costumes, plays depicting the story from the book of Esther, “groggers” which are noisemakers for the purpose of making noise to drown out the name of the evil Haman. One of the more delicious traditions are the favorite filled cookie in the 3-cornered shape of Haman’s pockets, or ears or even hat. The word Hamantaschen can be traced back to all three. One thing we can all agree on, is that Hamantachen cookies are fabulous any time of year!
Whole Grain Hamantaschen (Dairy-Free)
Yield: approximately 5 dozen
Place ingredients in the order listed into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer:
4 large pastured eggs
1 cup melted organic coconut oil
1 cup raw honey
1 Tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons homemade pure vanilla
1/2 cup organic orange juice
1 Tablespoon organic orange zest
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
6+ cups whole wheat pastry flour
Homemade or natural, thick marmalade or jelly.
Mix well and keep mixing until all the ingredients are incorporated. Use additional flour if needed to produce a soft dough that is no longer sticky. Let dough sit covered at room temperature for 15 minutes.
Divide the dough into four portions. Roll each portion out to about 1/4 inch thick. With a biscuit cutter, or a wide-mouth jar, cut circles in the dough. Remove the circles to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the middle and shape the circles into 3-point cookies and re-roll the dough scraps for more cookies until all the dough is rolled.
Cut rolled dough into circle 4 inches in diameter.
Place 1 teaspoon or more of the filling in the center of the circle.
Pinch the top 2 sides together.
Next pinch the side pieces together.
Now pinch the remaining sides together for a 3-point shape.
Bake in a preheated 350 oven until golden brown.
B’Teavon! (Bon Appetit!)