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Yeast Dough Hamantaschen

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Some traditional hamantaschen are made with a fluffy yeast dough and this is it! If you want to make your own fillings check out our collection of homemade hamantaschen fillings. 

To make a quick homemade filling, mix eight ounces of date spread with 1/2 cup of coarsely chopped nuts and zest of one lemon.

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  • About 40 cookiesServings


  • 2 packages (2¼ teaspoons each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest of 1 lemon or ½ an orange
  • ¾ cup butter or vegan butter, softened and cut into chunks
  • Filling: assorted jams or fruit butters, or quick homemade filling (see note)
  • 1 beaten egg


To prepare the dough:

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water.  Let it stand for about 10 minutes untill it is thickened and bubbly.
  2. Meanwhile, sift the flour into a large bowl and make a well.  Once the yeast is proofed, pour it into the well.  Add sugar, salt, eggs, lemon or orange zest, and vegan butter.
  3. Knead all the ingredients together until a soft dough forms that no longer clings to the sides of the bowl.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball and cover it with a dish towel. Let it rise for an hour and a half.

For Filing and Baking: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.  Line a few baking trays with parchment paper. 
  2. Flour a clean work surface.  Roll the dough to about ¼-inch thick. Cut rounds of dough with the edge of a drinking glass or circle cookie cutter, dipped in flour.
  3. Place a dollop of jam on each round.  Pick up the sides and pinch them together to form a triangle, allowing for the jelly centers to remain exposed. 
  4. Place the hamantaschen about 1-inch apart on the trays and brush the tops with a beaten egg.  Set aside to rise for 30 minutes.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes until gently browned. Serve with sprinkled powdered sugar.


This dough can be made by hand or using a stand-mixer with a dough hook.

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