These fruit-filled cookies are named for Haman, the villain of the Book of Esther. To make a long and evil story short, Mordecai, kin to Esther, considered the Queen of the Jews in biblical times, refused to bow down to Haman, the Grand Vizier of Persia who – and this is key – wore a tri-cornered hat. Enraged, Haman plots to kill all the Jews. Esther and Mordecai learn of the plot, foil it, save the Jews and do away with Haman.
Every year, for the holiday of Purim, Jewish children commemorate Esther’s victory by reenacting the story, complete with noisemakers that are wound up every time Haman’s name is mentioned. And then, to celebrate the victory, there are these cookies, made with a soft, sweet dough, filled with jammy dried fruit and nuts and shaped like Haman’s triangular hat.
Maybe this is what is meant by ‘sweet revenge’.
Triangles, huh. As you can see mine didn’t *quite* work as triangles, although my colleagues didn’t seem to mind. These were a much-needed sweet treat on the last Monday of this term and noone seemed to notice what shape they were! The dough reminded me a lot of Dorie’s rugelach dough which I also found fairly challenging to work with – it’s very very soft (to the point where the first time you put it in the fridge, it’s bordering on cake-batter consistency). I followed the instructions to keep it chilled and even rolled and cut the pastry on a chilled silicone baking sheet but when I was trying to shape them, they kept cracking or folding over. I didn’t get to making the fruit filling so I used my favourite cherry jam, sparingly as I didn’t want the jam overflowing in addition to the pastry not behaving quite as it should.
In the end, these were an excellent lesson in not judging a book by its cover – and, in fact, many who ate them thought they were “so pretty”. These are something I’ll definitely try again sometime, making sure to keep the dough even more chilled and perhaps rolling the dough slightly thicker. Interested to see how everyone else in the Tuesdays with Dorie group got on with these!
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Hamantaschen here or on page 283 of Dorie’s Cookies.
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