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Hamentashen with Chocolate Cookie Dough

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Hamentashen with Chocolate Cookie Dough

1/2 cup margarine

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1-teaspoon vanilla

1-1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Suggested fillings:

One small Reese's peanut butter cup (dairy)

One-tablespoon marshmallow fluff (pareve [non-dairy])

One large Hershey's kiss (dairy)

Several chocolate or butterscotch chips (pareve [non-dairy])

Chocolate spread (pareve)

In a large mixer combine margarine, sugar, egg and vanilla until fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add to mixer and mix briefly to blend. Chill for 1 hour. Divide dough into quarters. Roll into 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured board. Cut out 3-inch rounds. Reroll scraps. Place filling in the center of each dough round. Fold three sides up to form a triangle, leaving some filling exposed in the center.

Place cookies 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Debby's Friend Freda offered this recipe:

More Traditional Hamentashen

3 eggs

1-cup oil

1-cup sugar

1-teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1-teaspoon baking powder

3 cups flour

Filling Suggestions:

Freda Small's Filling:

1 jar lekvar

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup currants

Mix in a saucepan over low heat until combined.

Karen Rhodes' Great Grandmother's Filling:

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup honey

1 dash cinnamon

orange water to taste

Mix in a saucepan over medium heat until blended.

In a large mixer, beat together the eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla and almond extract. Add baking powder and flour until you get a workable dough. If dough is too wet, add more flour.

Divide dough into quarters. Toll to Ð'ј-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 3-inch rounds. Reroll scraps. Place filling in center of each dough round. Fold three sides up to form a triangle, leaving some filling exposed in the center.

Place cookies 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush with egg wash if desired (see yeast dough recipe). Bake for 15 - 17 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Hamentashen with Tofutti Cream Cheese

2 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup margarine, cut into pieces

1/2 cup tofutti cream cheese

1 large egg yolk

1-teaspoon vanilla

Filling of your choice

In the bowl of your food processor, pulse together flour, sugar, margarine and cream cheese until mixture resembles crumbs. Stir together egg yolk and vanilla and add to mixture in processor (with a few short pulses). Flatten dough into a disk, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Divide dough in half. Roll to Ð'ј-inch thickness on lightly floured board. Cut into 3-inch rounds. Reroll scraps.

Place filling in center of each dough round. Fold three sides up to form a triangle, leaving some filling exposed in the center. Place cookies 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake hamentashen for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool briefly on cookie sheets, then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.

Healtlhier Hamentashen

This recipe, created by Maida Waldner Genser, has no eggs and no trans fats.

Dough (more may be needed, depending on how thick you like the hamentashen dough):

2 cups unbleached flour

3/ 4 tsp sea salt

1 Tbs soy lecithin flakes*

1 Tbs Sucanat or other raw sugar

2/3 cup non-hydrogenated

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