Well this has been my first Purim out of Israel in a long time. Actually thinking about it I've never made Hamantaschen before and don't even like to eat them- store bought that is. They are always dry and have way to much dough vs. filling (and we all know the filling is the best part)
So for this year I decided to make them, and not just any kind: Zebra Hamantaschen! Purim is equivalent to Carnival or Halloween in the sense that you dress up, so making Hamantaschen in a costume is sooo obvious! Ain't it?
Just like making cinnamon rolls, just....ahm, not.
Fill aaand pinch!
200 gr soft butter
¾ cup confectioner's sugar*
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 heaped cups flour (300 gr)
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup cocoa
2 egg whites
½ cup sugar
2 ¼ cups dried coconut
*I used regular sugar, and it turned out fine. Just make sure you beat it long enough with the butter.
Beat butter and sugar for two minutes until creamy. Add vanilla, egg and little of the flour mix until smooth. Add all the remaining flour and mix just until a dough forms. Remove half of the dough, wrap in plastic and place in fridge. To the left over dough in the bowl add ¼ cup cocoa and mix until dough is even in color, wrap as well and chill both doughs for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 180°C.
After chilling roll each dough out to about ½ cm thickness. Lightly brush one sheet of dough with water (this acts as glue) and lay the other sheet of dough on top, press down lightly. Brush off any excess dough and proceed as you would with cinnamon rolls. Then:
- cut dough roll into slices.
- roll out each slice so it fits under your cookie cutter or reaches the desired size.
- cut rolled out slice with a round cookie cutter for clean edges and a perfect round shape.
Then place rounds on baking sheet (they won't spread much, only puff up a little) and prepare filling:
Mix all the ingredients to an even mixture, place 1 tsp of filling on each round and pinch rounds to a Hamantaschen shape.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until just slightly golden on the edges and filling.