Dorie Greenspan’s Hamantaschen
Dorie Greenspan’s Hamantaschen. Courtesy Dorie Greenspan
These fruit-filled cookies are named for Haman, the villain of the Book of Esther. To make a long and evil story short, Mordecai, the son of 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 plotted to kill all the Jews. Esther and Mordecai learned of the plot, foiled it, saved the Jews and did away with Haman.
Jewish children commemorate Esther’s daring feat by reenacting the story for the holiday of Purim, 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.”
A word on the filling: You’ll have leftover filling. If you’d like, you can cut the recipe in half, but I never do. The cooked fruit makes a jam that’s great on toast.