I am always one for making foods that are special to a holiday. However, I am also very aware that not everyone 1) has the time to spend in the kitchen making everything from scratch 2) is a great baker. And that is OKAY!
So, I created this version of hamantaschen to be easy peasy for your Purim festivities this year! It's literally just a handful of ingredients you can grab at the grocery store last minute...or if you are like me, these items are already in your house. Pre-made pie dough (or you can make your own like mine here), your favorite jam (yes jam, not jelly, I prove below that jelly is a bit too thin), milk or an egg wash, and some sugar! You are kind of making little pies, but also these make the right shape, are easy, and delicious.
Now, they are for sure a little messy because pie dough does move a bit. But again, we are aiming to get something easy on the table and make it work. It can be flavored however you want and literally anyone in the fam can make these, so make it a group effort!
They are so tasty...which to be honest isn't always the case with traditional hamantaschen. Like seriously as I was shooting these for the blog, all I kept thinking was how amazing they smell and how I wanted to shove one in my pie hole (get it?).
And no, my hamantaschen recipes are not completely traditional (see my Captain Crunch Hamantaschen). But I love making changes to old things, modifying them and making something fun. I know that's not up everyone's alley, so if you aren't into it...I'm not offended. But don't be like Judgey Janet who told me I was a bad Jew for making my Captain Crunch version...whatever you do, just don't be Janet.
2 Frozen Pie dough/crusts
1 jar of your favorite Jam
Heavy cream or Egg Wash (I used heavy cream)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Powder Sugar, optional
Thaw pie dough.
Preheat oven to 350° F and prepare 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Roll thawed dough out onto a lightly floured surface, to about 1/8" thick. Using a round cookie/biscuit cutter or drinking glass cut out circles of dough. Place cut dough onto parchment paper.
Grab your jar of jam and a 1/2 Tablespoon spoon. Spoon on 1/2 Tablespoon of jam onto the middle of the circle of each dough. Fold up the edges of the dough to make a triangle and pinch the edges together tightly (I smashed mine down with a spoon to smooth over) to keep from spreading.
Take a pastry brush and paint the top of the dough with your heavy cream or egg wash, then sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Bake, then remove and allow "cookies" to sit on the baking sheet for 4-5 minutes, then move to a cooling rack.
You can then sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve and enjoy!