Hamantaschen Cookies

Serves 32   Active Time 40 min.   Total Time 55 min



3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp grated orange zest
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1-5 tsp water (if needed)
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup raspberry preserves
1 egg white, beaten





  1. In a bowl, combine butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, Orange and salt, and beat with a mixer until fluffy. Add flour; beat. Form dough into a thin disk. Wrap disk in plastic wrap; chill for 1 hour.

  2. Transfer dough to a floured surface; roll to a 3⁄16" thickness. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter (not smaller) or the 3-inch rim of a glass to cut circles, cut dough into rounds. Reroll scraps; repeat. Transfer the rounds to 2 parchment paper–lined baking sheets.

  3. Place about 1 tsp. apricot preserves in center of half the rounds; place about 1 tsp. raspberry preserves in the center of remaining rounds. Brush egg white around edges. Fold in edges to form a triangular package, leaving a small opening at the top. Refrigerate filled cookies for 30 minutes.

  4. Heat oven to 350 F.

  5. Bake cookies, one sheet at a time, until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

© 2016 Jon Ashton