Poppy Seed Hamantaschen


We recently tried out this recipe for hamantaschen cookies. It comes on the can label of Solo poppy seed filling, the most delicious product that can be made with poppy seeds. I like poppy seeds in most things, but I love this stuff. It’s basically just tons of poppy seeds held together with a thick syrup. I’ve been crazy about it ever since I had it as a kid.

Robert had never had it before, and since I had tried this recipe a long time ago and liked it, we made these. They came out great, even better than I remember. The cookie dough is a little like a pie crust, but not quite as flaky. We were even discussing the possibilities of using it for a pie after we tasted the cookies.

Here’s the recipe on their website and below (so you don’t have to remove the label from the can to see what to buy):


2 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoon milk
1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon milk for brushing


 To make this Hamantaschen recipe, stir flour, sugar, baking powder, orange peel, and salt in large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add eggs and milk and mix until dough binds together. Knead dough in bowl 5 to 8 strokes or until smooth. Divide dough in half and wrap each piece separately in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 2 baking sheets and set aside. Roll out 1 piece of dough on lightly floured surface 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with floured 3-inch round plain cookie cutter. Spoon 1 teaspoonful poppy filling onto center of each circle. Bring 3 edges of circle together into middle of circle to form triangle. Pinch edges upward to make slight ridge, leaving small hole in center. Place on prepared baking sheets about 11/2 inches apart and brush with beaten egg yolk mixture. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheets and cool completely on wire racks.


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