How to please your Jewish and Christian friends on Easter when you're a Grandma.
Today is Easter, a big holiday for the non-Jew crowd. This week we also celebrated the Halloween of Judaism, also known as Purim. So what's a good ol' Grandma to do when half of her grandkids are Jewish and half are Christian? How can one holiday dessert appease both crowds? Is it even possible, you might ask, to make such a dessert? Or is it so daring, so unthinkable, that a little old lady like myself is better off going the slice-and-bake route? *gasp*
Ladies and gentle-lads, I happily present to you Hameneastertashen. These colorful desserts partner the cheerfulness of Easter's eggs and Peeps with the triangular traditions of Purim. They couple the cookie-with-filling familiarity of Purim with the sugary-goodness of Easter. They really are the best of both religious worlds.
And with a little bit of time, some ingredients, and an eye for the right geometric shapes, you, too, can be the proud owner of a new 2016 Hameneastertashen, 0.0% APR financing!
What you'll need:
For the dough:
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp grated orange zest
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1-5 tsp water (if needed)
- Food coloring (optional)
For the filling:
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 6 oz. cream cheese
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Start with the dough. Simply mix all the ingredients together (I did it in a blender, but you can use your arms and a spoon, if that's your style) and voila!
Fold up the dough into a mound/ball and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. (Keep separate colors separate, as seen below).
Now, make dat filling! Everyone knows that Hamentashen are judged by the filling they contain. It's the first thing you learn in Hebrew School, if memory serves me. So it's CRUCIAL that the filling for Hameneastertashen is TOP NOTCH, because I am not just an average Grandma. You need to aim HIGH in Grandmadom.
Again, mix all the ingredients together and voila, you have some delicious canoli-like filling.
Once the three hours of waiting have ended and you've woken up from the accidental nap you took while waiting, because waiting sucks, roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to create perfect-circles. Next, place a dollop of the filling in the center of your cookie, fold 'er up, and bake for 10-ish minutes at 350 in an oven or for 15 hours at "on" in an Easy-Bake Oven.
For a stop-motion of all these steps, exhibit A: