The Eleven Craziest Hamantaschen Recipes You Have to Try


What’s not to love about hamantaschen? The word conjures up images of buttery goodness wrapped around jam or poppy seeds or occasionally something more exotic like chocolate or nuts. But what happens when you really push the envelope? Here are eleven recipes that are too crazy not to try!

What’s a better filling for cookies than … more cookies?  at The Nosher combines Jewish form with Dutch flavor in her Speculoos Hamantaschen, which makes use of the traditional Dutch cookie butter that seems to be cropping up everywhere these days.

Speculoos Hamantaschen

Lovers of the classic chocolate-and-peanut butter combination, Pragmatic Attic comes to your rescue with a recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Hamantaschen.Chocolate Peanut Butter Hamantaschen

Remember the rainbow bagel craze a few months ago?   at Kitchen Tested has taken it a step further, inventing Rainbow Hamantaschen.

Rainbow Hamantaschen

Chanie Apfelbaum at Busy in Brooklyn takes her favorite Purim dessert all the way to the Ottoman Empire with her Baklava Hamantaschen.

Baklava hamantaschen

Several cooks have taken inspiration from the fact that Purim coincides so closely with Girl Scout Cookie season this year. Pragmatic Attic combines mint and chocolate into Midnight Mint Hamantaschen redolent of Girl Scout Thin Mints, while Kitchen Tested offers Girl Scout Samoa Hamantaschen.

chocolate mint hamantaschen

Gluten-free cooks can get in on the craze, too, with these Bakery-Style Hamantaschen from This Gluten-Free Life.Gluten-free hamantaschen

Take your hamantaschen and … put a stick in it?  does at Joy of Kosher. She presents a recipe for Hamantaschen Truffle Pops which, if they aren’t baked goods, are at least sweet and do come in the traditional triangular shape. truffle pops

And who says hamantaschen are just for dessert? With a few savory bites, hamantaschen could become your whole meal! What Jew Wanna Eat offers up some outside-the-box thinking on the traditional cookie, including two savory treats we’re dying to eat: Savory Caramelized Onion Hamantaschen and Pita and Hummus Hamantaschen, while  at Kitchen Tested offers up an inspired recipe for Cheddar Biscuit Hamantaschen.

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I hope I’ve inspired you to get creative this Purim — and perhaps even invent some crazy hamantaschen of your own!

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Amy Snell

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Amy Snell was formerly the OFJCC's Senior Communications Manager. When not engaged in social media blitzing, Amy enjoys spending time exhorting her two teenage sons to do their chores, shower and study. She also noodles about in sailboat races (motto: Don't break the boat), pretends to play the ukulele, and wants to be a karaoke star when she grows up.

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