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

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

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.

Notes:

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