In case you don't know the story, the villianous Haman tried his best to exterminate the Jews only to be thwarted by the mighty hand of G-d through the lovely Esther and her uncle, Mordecai.
Every year during Purim we celebrate by retelling the account from the book of Esther, booing every time the name of Haman is read and clapping and shouting every time Mordecai is read. And of course baking Hamantaschen, named for Haman. Not sure why we are eating cookies named for the bad guy but here they are.
8 tablespoons butter
3 oz. cream cheese
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely grated orange or lemon zest
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
jam of your choosing
Zest an orange and set aside.
Add sugar, then egg, vanilla, zest and salt, mixing well after each addition.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Dust a work space with flour and sprinkle on top of dough disc also.
Place 1 teaspoon of jam in the center of each circle then run a damp (clean) finger around the perimeter, this will help to seal the dough.
Pinch the dough at 3 places to form 3 corners, like an old colonial hat.
Bake for 20 minutes. Dough will turn golden and jam will begin to bubble.
After they cool for a few minutes, hot jam is HOT!, call your resident growing boy to come eat the cookies that came unsealed or bubbled over so no one sees the imperfect ones. If you don't have a pre-adolescent, growing boy just call and you can drop food off here, just kidding, maybe.
Now, go work on your costume for Purim! I'm looking for a three cornered hat to paint golden brown and fill with jam so I can go as a hamantaschen.
Remember, the mighty hand of G-d is still as mighty as ever to save!