The Jewish Omnivore – Hamantaschen

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Purim is this weekend, so what better time to get back to the Jewish Omnivore list than today?

Purim is seen as one of the “lesser” holidays (meaning it isn’t Hanukkah, Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur – the only three holidays most celebrate) but as a kid I recall it being all sorts of fun. The Schul would would have a carnival, I’d win lots of goldfish playing a “throw the ping pong ball in the fishbowl” game (98% of which would die within 24 hours of winning them) and we’d partake in the eating of thet hamantaschen.

I will never understand why Purim gets ignored. ¬†You drink, you dance, you eat a bunch of delicious cookies… sounds like a good time to me.

Wondering how to make some cookies that represent that douchebag Haman’s hat? Here’s a bomb-ass recipe from the folks over at AllRecipes.com:

2 cups pitted prunes, cooked, drained and mashed
2 cups dried apricots, cooked drained and mashed

3 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup safflower oil
1 lemon, zested
1 orange, zested
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup white sugar, or to taste