Purim Cookie: Haman’s Ears

They go by many names – and many spellings – but the Jewish festival of Purim has one standout sweet treat in this cookie.

Hamantaschen are triange-shaped cookies that can be filled with a variety of ingredients such as poppy seeds, prunes, dates, apricots, or even chocolate.

They get their name from the villain of the Purim story, Haman, who convinced the king of Persian to allow the murder of all the Jewish people in his kingdom. The Jewish people were saved by Esther, the king’s wife, who was also Jewish, although the king did not know this until she bravely came forward.

Here’s a recipe from JewishRecipes.org that you might like to try.

There are so many ways to make these cookies that the possibilities for filling, folding, and displaying them are nearly endless. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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I also found a great article in the New York Times about one woman’s history with Hamantaschen, and her quest to make the “perfect” Purim cookie. You might enjoy reading it here.


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9 responses to “Purim Cookie: Haman’s Ears

  1. Those look beautiful. I love reading about the history of certain foods. Can’t wait to read the article.

    • Kathryn Coulibaly

      Thanks for stopping by – I’m glad you enjoyed it. And I agree that knowing the back story can help you enjoy a food even more.

  2. Wow that cookie looks delicious, this would be good for my daughters lunch box

    • Kathryn Coulibaly

      Thank you so much for stopping by and checking the cookies out. I hope your daughter enjoyed the cookies – they do seem like a great cookie for the lunchbox!

  3. Hi,
    I grew up in NYC and haven’t seen these for YEARS! Thanks for a walk down memory lane 🙂 I’ll have to copy out the recipe and try it…love your photos…they look yummy!

    • Kathryn Coulibaly

      You’re welcome! I knew the story of Purim but I had no idea they had a special cookie until I started doing some research. Now I have a new cookie to add to my repertoire!

  4. leahsinger

    Thanks for sharing. I promised my daughter we’d make hamentashen for Purim this year.

  5. Pingback: Read About Purim With Kids | Kid Culture

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