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Make The Best Easy Apple Pie Hamantashen: Kid Tested And Approved

Updated on January 12, 2016
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Chantelle has been cooking with her son since he was three years old. They are working on a cookbook which they hope to finish by next year.

Apple Pie Hamantashen
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What Are Hamantashen?

Hamantashen are cookies traditionally eaten on the Jewish holiday of Purim. They are triangle shaped and are meant to resemble Haman's hat. Haman, from the biblical Book of Esther, tried to destroy the Jews and failed. To commemorate this, we have the festive holiday of Purim, where hamantashen are eaten, costumes are worn, wine is drunk, and acts of charity are required.

Initially, hamantashen were made with fruit fillings, apricot and prune, or poppyseed filling. Now hamantashen are made with a wide variety of fillings both sweet and savory. I hope you enjoy my take on traditional apple pie with icing.


5 stars from 1 rating of Applie Pie Hamantashen

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 14 min
  • Ready in: 44 min
  • Yields: 18

Ingredients

  • 2 large apples
  • 1 package pre-made pie crust
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
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Instructions

  1. Cube the apples into small chunks (about 1/4 inch). Saute the apples with 2 tablespoons of butter until they are softened. Add the cinnamon, salt and maple syrup and cook until the syrup is reduced.
  2. Roll out your pie crust. Using a drinking glass, cut as many circles of crust as your glass allows. Put a teaspoon of filling in the the middle of the crust to make a triangle and seal the crust. (Don't put too much filling in the crust; it won't hold it's shape.)
  3. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 14 minutes. Let cool.
  4. Mix your powdered sugar and milk to make the icing. Drizzle over each cookie. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 156
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Carbohydrates 25 g8%
Sugar 14 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Sodium 125 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Homemade Pie Crust

If you have a bit more time, or simply prefer homemade, here's a pie crust recipe to get you started.

INGREDIENTS

  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ½ cup cold water

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cut shortening and flour together.
  2. Then add water and stir with a fork until it forms a ball. If there's still flour at the end, add water, a teaspoon at a time. You want the dough to be stiff, not sticky, so be careful not to add too much water.
  3. Divide in half. If you're only using half, you can freeze the other half now. Let the dough chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before rolling out.

Mix it up and try some of these flavors:

Sweet
Savory
Cherry
Samosa
Nutella
Feta, tomato, spinach
Ginger Pear
Taco meat filling

© 2016 Chantelle Porter

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    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 21 months ago from south Florida

      Thanks for explaining the meaning of hamantashen - who knew? I will share your recipe with my daughter who is the genuine cook/baker in the family.

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      Deb Hirt 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Definitely a real winner!

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      Chantelle Porter 21 months ago from Chicago

      Please do! I would love to hear how you like them.

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      Besarien 21 months ago

      This sounds delicious! I love that you use maple syrup which makes everything taste like the best weekends of my childhood. I can't wait to try your recipe. I'll let you know how mine turns out!

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      Chantelle Porter 21 months ago from Chicago

      Thank you. If you try them, let me know how you like them.

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      Jackie Lynnley 21 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks for the recipe and sharing the true story! Fascinating.

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      Chantelle Porter 21 months ago from Chicago

      Thanks! My husband loves mcd apple pies too but these turned out really good as well.

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      peachy 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love mcd apple pie but yours is better!