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Vegan Hamantaschen Recipe - with Gluten-Free Option!

Updated on September 28, 2014
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Celebrate Purim Vegan Style!

The fun and farcical Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated each year in February or March. It commemorates the story of the foiling of a plot to kill the Jewish population of a town in ancient Persia. The story itself has little historical evidence to support it, and many consider it to be the first written example of Jewish parody.

Hamantaschen is the food associated with the celebration of Purim. Hamantaschen are triangle-shaped cookies with a fruit filling. This is traditionally a prune-based filling, though jelly, pie filling, or chocolate chips all make delicious and easy substitutes for the more involved homemade prune filling.

Here is an excellent vegan dough for hamantaschen. I'll also share my great-grandmother's prune filing recipe!

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Cook Time

Prep Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes (NOTE: 3 hours is refrigerating the dough)

Total Time: 4.5 - 5 hours

Serves: Makes 15-20 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 -4 tbsp sugar, to taste
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond, orange, or lemon extract - or more vanilla extract
  • Approximately 5 tbsp of filling

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients EXCEPT THE FILLING together in a large bowl.
  2. Knead for a few minutes. Add more flour if necessary.
  3. Divide dough into 3 balls.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for about 3 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F.
  6. Sprinkle work surface with flour. Roll balls out to 1/8-inch thickness. (Work with a portion of the dough while leaving the rest in the refrigerator.) If dough seems too wet, add flour; if it seems dry, add a little water.
  7. Cut approximately 15 4-inch rounds. To do this, sprinkle the top of the dough with flour, then use a drinking glass as a "cookie cutter" to create circles of dough.
  8. Place approximately 1 tsp of filling in the center of each round, then shape dough into triangles so that the filling appears in the middle of the triangle. Wipe the edge of the dough with water using your fingertip to help the triangle stick together.
  9. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until dough is lightly browned.
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Making Vegan Hamantaschen Dough - Step by Step Pictures

The ingredients. You can also add almond, orange, or lemon extract.
The ingredients. You can also add almond, orange, or lemon extract.
Place all of the dough ingredients (everything in the ingredient list other than the filling) into a large bowl.
Place all of the dough ingredients (everything in the ingredient list other than the filling) into a large bowl.
Mix all of the dough ingredients together.
Mix all of the dough ingredients together.
Knead the dough for a few minutes.
Knead the dough for a few minutes.
Divide the dough into 3 sections. Refrigerate for 3 hours. More or less than 3 hours is fine, as long as the dough is adequately chilled.
Divide the dough into 3 sections. Refrigerate for 3 hours. More or less than 3 hours is fine, as long as the dough is adequately chilled.
After dough is chilled, take out one of the sections and roll it out to approximately 1/8-inch thick.
After dough is chilled, take out one of the sections and roll it out to approximately 1/8-inch thick.
Use the lip of a drinking glass to create rounds.
Use the lip of a drinking glass to create rounds.
Place about a teaspoon of filling in the middle of each round.
Place about a teaspoon of filling in the middle of each round.
Fold the edges of the circles up to create triangles. Wet the outer edge of the dough, if necessary, to help it stick together.
Fold the edges of the circles up to create triangles. Wet the outer edge of the dough, if necessary, to help it stick together.
Hamantaschen are triangle-shaped cookies with filling in the middle.
Hamantaschen are triangle-shaped cookies with filling in the middle.
Two jelly and two chocolate chip hamantaschen ready to bake. 350F for 20-25 minutes, until dough is golden brown.
Two jelly and two chocolate chip hamantaschen ready to bake. 350F for 20-25 minutes, until dough is golden brown.
Vegan Hamantaschen
Vegan Hamantaschen
These are gluten-free hamantashen made with the dough from the recipe below.
These are gluten-free hamantashen made with the dough from the recipe below.

Gluten-Free, Vegan Hamantaschen Dough Recipe

I have personally used this recipe and have been delighted with the results!

I find that I need to add an additional 1/4 cup of water after mixing the ingredients together.

Any storebought jelly or pie filling

can be used as hamantaschen filling.

Chocolate chips can also be used as filling.

Below is my great-grandmother's recipe

for the traditional prune-based filling.

Traditional Hamantaschen Filling Recipe - My Great-Grandmother's Recipe

If you have the time to make an authentic, healthy hamantaschen filling, this is a delicious choice!

Don't worry - most of the prep time is just soaking the dried fruit.

  • Prep time: 3 hours
  • Ready in: 3 hours
  • Yields: Filling for numerous hamantashen

Ingredients

  • 1 pound prunes, soaked for 3 hours
  • 1 cup raisins, soaked
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts - walnuts or pecans work especially well with this recipe
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon, plus a bit of ground rind
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 apple, grated

Instructions

  1. Use a food processor to chop the first 3 ingredients, SEPARATELY.
  2. Mix the processed prunes, raisins, and nuts together in a large bowl.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Place approximately 1 tsp of filling in the center of prepared hamantaschen dough before baking the cookies.

Why Triangles?

The triangle-shaped cookies are said to recall the 3-cornered hat worn by Haman, the man who plotted to kill the Jews of Shushan in the story of Purim.

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      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      It was an interesting reading. You made a nice article and I love the cookie recipe instructions. All of the filings seams nice, but I will rest on homemade jam.

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Sundaycoffee 3 years ago

      They sure look delicious, and I like the fact that they are vegan.

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      A very thoroughly researched lens and what a scrummy recipe!

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      All formulas look really yummy! I would love the original, but the cook, my daughter, would be making the one with applesauce. She does make something like this with the refrigerated crescent roll dough and chopped apples with the same spices. Great recipe lens!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Looks delicious!! I have to try these. Thanks for sharing this.