Apricot Hamantaschen

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These hamantaschen, or hat-shaped Purim cookies, are like glistening little fruit pies in cookie form.

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With a buttery shortbread crust folded over a dollop of jam, these apricot hamantaschen, or hat-shaped Purim cookies, are like glistening little fruit pies in cookie form. Feel free to play with the filling — any thick jam, or even Nutella, will work well.

How To Make Apricot Hamantaschen

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Begin by placing the sugar, flour and salt in the bowl of food processor.

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Pulse to combine.

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Add the cold butter cubes.

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Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

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Add the egg yolk and pulse until evenly crumbly and pale yellow in color.

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Add a bit of cold water and pulse until the dough clumps together.

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Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured work surface.

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Knead it gently into a smooth ball, then divide in half and form into two 6-inch discs.

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Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes, then roll it about 1/8-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter or glass to cut out 3-inch circles.

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Place the cookies on the lined baking sheets and lightly brush with the egg wash. This is the key to getting the corners to stick together.

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Dot each cookie one with a teaspoon of apricot jam. Do not overfill, or the jam will leak out while baking.

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Fold in the sides, slightly overlapping the filling, to form a triangle so that each side has a corner that folds over and a corner that folds under — this creates a pattern that looks pretty (but don’t fuss too much over it). Pinch the corners together so that they form a point — this will keep them from separating while baking.

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You can see more closely here.

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Refrigerate the cookies on the pans for about 20 minutes, then bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly golden. Enjoy!

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Apricot Hamantaschen

These hamantaschen, or hat-shaped Purim cookies, are like glistening little fruit pies in cookie form.

Servings: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes, plus about 50 minutes for the dough to chill

Ingredients

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with a knife, plus more for rolling the dough
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, cut into cubes, very cold
  • 3 large egg yolks, divided
  • 1-2 tablespoons ice cold water
  • 3/4 cup apricot jam, best quality such as Bonne Maman

Instructions

  1. Combine the confectioners' sugar, flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process for 10-15 seconds to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 2 of the egg yolks and pulse a few times, until the mixture is crumbly and pale yellow. Add 1 tablespoon of the water and pulse just until the dough starts to clump together. If the mixture seems dry, add the remaining tablespoon of water and pulse again. Dump the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead a few times into a smooth ball. Divide in half and pat into two 6-inch discs; wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F and set racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, make an egg wash by mixing the remaining egg yolk with 1 teaspoon water. Set aside.
  4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a lightly floured work surface. Working with one disc of dough at a time, roll to 1/8-inch thick, turning and dusting with more flour as necessary so it doesn't stick. Using a cookie cutter or glass, cut out 3-inch circles and place about 1/2-inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Re-roll and re-cut any excess dough. Brush the dough very lightly with the egg wash. Place a level teaspoon of apricot jam on the center of each cookie (do not overfill). Fold in the sides, slightly overlapping the filling, to form a triangle so that each side of the cookie has a corner that folds over and a corner that folds under -- this creates a pattern that looks pretty (but don't fuss too much over it). Pinch the corners together neatly so that they form a point. Slide the pans into the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, turning the pans halfway through baking, until the cookies are lightly golden on top and just starting to brown in the corners. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The Dough can be Frozen for up to 3 Months: Shape the dough into 2 discs, wrap each securely in plastic wrap, and place them in a sealable bag. When ready to bake, remove the disks from the freezer, thaw the dough until pliable, and then proceed with recipe. To Freeze After Baking: Let the hamantaschen cool completely and store in an airtight container separating layers with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Before serving, remove the cookies from the container and let them come to room temperature.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (30 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 128
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Sodium: 63mg
  • Cholesterol: 35mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • For years, I have been searching for the perfect hamantaschen recipe…and I finally found it! This recipe produced a tender, moist, delicious cookie that my whole family just loved and yet it was so simple to make. I wouldn’t change a thing! Thank you so much.

    • — Paula Kravetz on April 11, 2019
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  • Great recipe! I did add orange zest to the dough recipe. Perfect! Easy-schmeazy!

    • — Christine on March 22, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn!

    Loved this recipe. Much less heavy than the ones I grew up on. I made more dough than I needed though. Is there something else I can make with it? I think we’ve had enough hamantaschen for now.

    • — Rebecca on March 21, 2019
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    • Hi Rebecca, Glad you liked these! For leftover dough, these look interesting and good. Please keep in mind that I haven’t tried them myself. 🙂

      • — Jenn on March 25, 2019
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  • Is there a reason why your recipe doesn’t call for baking powder, like some others do? I’ve been looking to make these and it seems the recipes are split between those with baking powder and granulated sugar and those with confectioner sugar and no baking powder. What is the difference in the outcome? I have never made hamentaschen before, but my kids love them and I really want to try. Thanks!

    Faith

    • — Faith on March 15, 2019
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    • Hi Faith, This recipe is made with a pastry dough, which is more like pie crust than cookie dough — that’s why there is no baking powder. The result is a tender, flaky, pastry-like cookie. Hope that clarifies!

      • — Jenn on March 15, 2019
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  • Jenn, I wonder why this recipe calls for 1/2 pound of butter whereas the dough for the chocolate one calls for 1/4. Could I use the dough for chocolate ones and fill in with apricot jam? Thank you!

    • — Olga on January 4, 2019
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    • Sure, Olga, that will work! 🙂

      • — Jenn on January 6, 2019
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  • I made these, making some apricot and some raspberry. Delicious! The dough had a wonderful texture and buttery flavor. And they stayed closed which is always a challenge.

    • — Stacey on March 1, 2018
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  • Hi Jen,

    Could this dough be made without eggs, like galette dough?

    Thank you,
    Mirit

    • — Mirit on February 28, 2018
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    • Hi Mirit, I think the dough will be dry without the egg yolks – sorry!

      • — Jenn on March 2, 2018
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  • Wonderful recipe! These are really delicious. And the dough is super easy to work with. There was no anxiety or cursing as I was rolling it out –it worked like a dream! I made half with raspberry jam and half with apricot jam. My family loves them. This recipe is a keeper…it’ll be coming out every Purim. Thanks for another winner!

  • Can I make this in a kitchenAid mixer too? I don’t have a food processor…

    • — Katherine Rosenberg
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    • Hi Katherine, I think it’s possible, but the texture may be slightly different; perhaps a little less crisp. Also, I would recommend softening the butter a bit before combining it with the sugar and flour. Hope you enjoy!

  • Jenn, thank you for making me look like a great baker. I’m so grateful I found your website. Happy Purim!

    • Happy Purim to you! (And glad you’re enjoying the recipes :).

  • Hello,

    Are these hamentaschen more moist and cakelike or crunchy? I have never made cookies with the food processor or used confectioners sugar (only granulated and/or brown sugar) when baking cookies, so I’m curious about what to expect in the finished product.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Lisha, they’ve got a texture similar to shortbread– they’re not overly crunchy, but more crunchy than cake-like. Hope you enjoy!

  • These are adorable and I love the name. Have you tried razpberry?

    • I haven’t tried these with raspberry, but I’m sure they’d be delicious!

  • Why is my apricot jam running out from the dough. I only put a teasepoon in each circle.

    • Hi Leah, Sorry to hear you’re having a problem with the filling! It could be that you aren’t pinching the edges tightly enough (so the jam is “escaping”) or that you haven’t refrigerated the dough for long enough.

    • The same thing happened to me but I know what I did wrong I forgot to put then in the fridge. Did a second batch and they turned out great. I did them for my daughter’s shower and they were a hit. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    • Hi Leah,
      Here is the recipe I use for fruit.
      1 cup (6 ozs ) of dried apricots roughly chopped (or whole then use my food processor to puree up after it’s cooked).
      1/2 cup of orange juice
      1/3 cup of granulated sugar
      Pinch of salt
      In a microwaveable bowl, combine all the ingredients and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Simmer for 1 minute on high.
      Let stand for 10 minutes
      Using a food processor combine the fruit mixture purée for 20 seconds.
      Set aside until ready to use. Leftover can be frozen.
      I usually double the recipe and only use 1/3 cup of sugar. I don’t like it too sweet and apricots, orange juice already have sugar in it.

      • — Monna on July 2, 2018
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  • Thank you for this recipe Jenn. The crust is very tasty. A good friend who is a fantastic baker tasted these cookies and now she wants the recipe. That says a lot and it’s the best kind of compliment. This recipe is a keeper.

    The next time I make this cookie, I might try rolling them out just a bit thicker to resemble a more traditional type of Hamantaschen cookie.
    Thanks again for sharing.

    Happy baking!
    Debbie

  • These tasted almost as good as my great aunt’s recipe that I never got a copy of before she passed away. She always made apricot ones just for me…

    • I love your recipies Jenn! Thank you for all of the time and effort you have put in to your website in order to share your talent & expertise! These cookies look delicious! I was wondering how long these would stay fresh after baking and your recommended storage? I would like to make them for a New Years Day brunch but would need to make them several days in advance as I am hosting a New Years Eve party and need to be able to make something I can make in advance. Thanks!

      • — Linda Giordano on December 10, 2017
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      • Hi Linda, I think they would stay fresh in an airtight container on your counter for 2 – 3 days. I think you could also get away with fully making and freezing these. (And glad you like the recipes :))!

        • — Jenn on December 10, 2017
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        • Hi Jenn,
          Made these last Thursday and stored them under my cake dome. They are still wonderful. Since I made 3 dozen, I baked 1 dozen and froze 2 dozen. Will bake for my party in 3 weeks.
          I have had very good results freezing your pastries ( apricot and chocolate hamantaschen).
          Thanks again

          • — Monina on July 2, 2018
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          • Good to know, Monina – I am working on a really good chocolate rugelach. Stay tuned…

            • — Jenn on July 2, 2018
  • Delicious! The shortbread was yummy enough that I baked some by itself. Only thing I changed was to make the dough in two batches beginning with the egg yolk adding stage; it was too much for my food processor.

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