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Extra Delicious Puzzle Israel’s Hamantaschen for Purim Holiday

Yes! Purim is almost here and it is the perfect time to bake these wonderful and delicious Hamantaschen all children (and yes, also the adults) love!

Ingredients for 35 cookies

For the dough

100 g powdered sugar
200 g butter, cold and chopped into squares
2 cups (280 g) of flour
2 egg yolks
Grated peel from 1/2 a lemon

For the filling:

200 g of grinded poppy seeds
1 cup (240 ml) milk
1 cup (200 g) sugar
1/4 cup (40 g) semolina
Grated peel from 1/2 a lemon
50 g butter, cold and chopped into squares
3 tablespoons of biscuit crumbs

For decoration of dough before baking (optional):

1/4 cup (40 g) poppy seeds (nor grounded)


Prepare the dough and chill for 2 hours

In a food processor grind the sugar powder with the 200 g butter and flour and we receive a crumbed mixture. Add the yolk and bread crumbs and blend just until you receive a ball of dough (if the dough is dry, add a tablespoon of milk, and if too sticky, add a table spoon of dough).
Wrap the dough with saran wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Prepare the Poppy filling and chill

Mix the poppy seeds (grounded), milk, sugar and semolina in a pot.
Heat on a medium fire until boil, lower heat and cook for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally until the mixture looks like a pudding.
Remove from fire and add lemon peel and 50 g butter and stir until the butter melts. Set aside to chill.
Add the biscuit crumbs and refrigerate until needed.

Preparing the cookies and baking:

Heat oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
Flatten the cold dough on baking paper sprinkled with flour, to a 1/2 cm thick layer. You can add poppy seeds to decorate the dough before flattening.
Cut circles the size of 7-8 cm (you can use a small coffee glass to use for size) and place a teaspoon of poppy filling in the center of each circle. Pinch 3 edges over the filling to create the triangle “ear”.
Place the cookies in a baking pan padded with backing paper and bake for 15 minutes until they turn slightly golden (the cookies need to be relatively light in color).
Cool entirely
Sprinkle powdered sugar and serve.

Happy Purim!

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