Hamantaschen are traditional Purim cookies that represent Haman's hats. The cookies are slightly cakey and the sweet/tart flavor of the prune filling makes these irresistible. It takes some practice to get the ends to stay together. I found that pinching is not good enough; the edges have to fold over slightly.
2 cups organic prunes
1 cup water
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup vegan cane sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 flax eggs (1flax egg = 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tablespoons water)
1/2 cup sunflower oil
3 tablespoons warm water
- Bring the prunes and water to a boil. Let them sit with the cover of the pot on for a few minutes, and then puree using an immersion blender. Set aside. (There will be prune puree left over if you only make 2 dozen cookies.)
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Make the flax eggs.
- Sift the flour into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, baking powder, and salt and mix together. Add the flax eggs, oil and extra water (if necessary).
- Flour a clean surface and a rolling pin. Roll out the dough and use a 3" cookie cutter to cut out circles. Place them on the baking sheet, gather up the scraps and continue until done.
- Using a 1/2 teaspoon measure, drop the prune puree in the middle of each cookie. Pull the edges together and fold them into a triangle. Don't pinch...fold.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
Lisa Dawn Angerame is living as a vegan for her family's health, the health and welfare of the animals, and that of the planet. She blogs at LisasProjectVegan.com.