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I have confession to make. I have been making hamentashen wrong my whole life. That isn’t to say they don’t come out tasting delicious. They always come out looking and tasting wonderful. I love experimenting with all different flavors of hamentashen, and making tons of hamentashen to share with friends and family. But I have to admit, after all that rolling, and chilling, and cutting, and rerolling, and rechilling, not to mention the filling and folding, by the time Purim comes around I am relived that I don’t have to do it again for another year.

Well it turns out there is a much easier way. And it doesn’t even require a rolling pin. Hear me out. Rolling out cookie dough to use with cookie cutters is always a bit of a pain. The dough needs to be both sturdy enough and chilled enough that it won’t stick and can be transferred to the baking pan. There are always scraps that need to be rerolled, but if you reroll them too many times the finished cookie is tough. Adding more flour makes the dough easier to work with, but also makes the cookie less tender. It is worth it to go through the process of rolling out cookie dough to make wonderfully decorated cookies in cute shapes like hearts or dreidels. But here is the thing I can’t believe I never thought of before. The dough for the hamentashen is not a fancy shape. It is round. And round slice and bake cookies are a whole lot easier to make than rolled cookies.

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Neapolitan Zebra Hamentashen

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If December desserts are all about decadence and indulgence, then January desserts are about simplicity and restraint. It is about letting simple flavors shine in uncomplicated ways, about finding that sweet finish to a meal that will leave you satisfied without feeling weighed down. Maybe something a poached pear, a light mousse, or, of course, […]

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I absolutely adore cookbooks, something that I’m sure comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me. I have an entire full sized bookshelf in my kitchen with nothing but cookbooks and there still isn’t enough room for all my cookbooks. But that doesn’t matter, I am always on the lookout for the next cookbook […]

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I can’t believe it is already December. But since it is, that means it is officially cookie season. That isn’t to say that cookies aren’t welcome any time of year, but with cookie exchanges and holiday gifts coming up soon I thought this would be a good time to post some of my favorite cookie […]

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Sometimes the best dishes come about as a way of using up leftovers. That is exactly what happened with this dessert, which has quickly become my kids’ most requested treat. Here is how it came about. For my kids’ birthday parties I always ask them what food they want to serve. For my oldest son’s […]

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This week is all about rainbows in our house. In the weekly cycle of the Torah readings we read the story of Noah this week. I like to help bring the stories to life with my kids as much as I can so I fill the week with as many animal and rainbow themed foods […]

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