I’ve often shied away from recipes that require rolling pins as too time-consuming. (I did surprise myself by successfully making the cutest dog and teddy bear cookies a few months ago. But I had a goal: to have cookies for some very special children to frost and decorate.)
For Purim, though, I see recipe after recipe that calls for rolling out the dough to a particular thickness, then using glasses to cut out perfect circles.
Sure, that’s an option.
But if you’ve been putting off baking hamentaschen – for yourself or with your children – because you want to keep the rolling pin where it belongs (i.e., lost in a drawer somewhere), do it the simple way, in four easy steps:
- Make small balls of dough in the palms of your hands.
- Press them down into a circle-like shape with the heels of your hands.
- Add a little filling.
- Crimp the three sides together to form triangles.
Even kids as young as 3 and 4 can make their own hamentaschen this way!
This is a wonderful time to encourage creativity — new fillings, new sizes. When our daughter was 8, she began to “specialize” in making tiny hamentaschen. So fun!
Classic fillings are prune or poppy seed (mohn). But kids often prefer strawberry, apricot, or other jams, as well as chocolate morsels. Also super popular: hamentaschen with Nutella!