This past weekend was the Jewish festival of Purim, and hamantaschen are the traditional Purim treat. I’ve made them before, in poppy seed, raspberry, and apricot varieties, but never really found a recipe that I loved.
Last week at work, my friend Inbal mentioned a recipe she’d seen for hamantaschen with apple filling, kind of like little cookie-sized apple pies. This sounded delicious to me, so I went in search of a recipe and found this one from Tori Avey. I adapted it slightly to use my own recipe for buttery hamantaschen dough, and Mike proclaimed these cookies the best hamantaschen I’ve ever made. While this filling isn’t like pie filling, it is absolutely delicious. Thank you, Inbal, for this great idea!
For the filling
- 5 Granny Smith apples
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup dulce de leche
For the dough
- Double recipe buttery hamantaschen dough*
Note: Depending on the size of your food processor, you’ll need to make two separate batches of dough because all of the ingredients won’t fit (especially in a standard, 7-cup food processor like mine).
To make the filling:
Peel and core apples, then shred them into fine shreds using a hand grater or your food processor fitted with a shredding blade.
In a medium saucepan, combine water and sugar. Bring to a boil, then add apple shreds and cook on medium heat for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. The mixture will thicken and start to look like thick applesauce and will clump together when you stir it.
Remove from heat and stir in dulce de leche. Allow the mixture to cool, then chill for at least 1 hour before using. I chilled mine for a few days because I didn’t get a chance to make the dough until last night.
To make the cookies:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper.
Roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thickness and cut into 3-inch circles using a cookie cutter or drinking glass.
Place circles on your cookie sheet, and using the tip of your finger, lightly brush the edge of each circle with water; this will help the dough stick when you form the triangle.
Place about 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle. Fold the bottom up, then fold in the two sides to make the triangle, gently pressing the corners of the triangle to close them and leaving just a bit of filling exposed.
Bake for 15-17 minutes, until cookies are a light golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in airtight containers at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Makes about 48.