Pecan Sandy Hamantaschen

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tonight starts Purim - it's a one-day holiday celebrating...well, it's another one of those holidays celebrating survival! The basic story can be found here.

The most traditional food for Purim is hamantaschen. It's a cookie folded to be triangular, with a filling in the middle. I made some of these today using my favorite recipe, and they turned out great. There are more traditional recipes for this cookie that make a thinner dough that folds better than this one, but this one makes such a yummy cookie, and you can still shape it and fold it so that it makes and holds its shape.

Ingredients (makes 2-3 dozen):
2 sticks butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2-1/2 c. flour
1 cup pecans, chopped into small bits
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
filling: any flavor jam, jelly, preserve, or meltable candy

Preheat the oven to 350*.

Cream together the butter and sugar in the Kitchenaid, then add the egg and vanilla. Once all that comes together, put the mixer on low and add the flour, pecans, salt, and baking powder. Put the dough into a ziploc bag and refrigerate at least a couple of hours - overnight is good.

Now, I don't enjoy rolling dough so I just shape these with my hands, but these can be rolled out and cut into circles if you like. I just make a circle shape, make an indentation with my finger in the middle for the filling:

Put some preserves in the middle (I used strawberry for this one), and then fold up the sides so that it takes on a triangle shape that holds in the filling:

After about 20 minutes, they are all done:
The nice thing is that these taste a little like pecan sandies, so if you like you can make some of them into hamantaschen and the rest into just regular drop cookies. Av likes these with Hershey kisses as the filling, or those little mini Reese cups. They are really good no matter what you use!

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