Get creative this Purim with a colorful, flavorful hamantaschen (traditional Purim cookie) that kids and adults alike will love! For those of you getting little hands involved, you’ll see steps along the way that young kids to do—feel free to adjust as needed. No kids? Don’t think for a second that this recipe isn’t for you. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and M&Ms?!
This recipe features a cinnamon spiced dough, a peanut butter cookie filling and mini M&Ms—making this your new favorite Purim party recipe!
When choosing a peanut butter, creamy (and not separated), works best. If you are nut-free, try sunflower seed butter, an alternative nut butter made from sunflower seeds.
Ingredients for 2 dozen hamantaschen
1 large egg
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 egg yolk, egg white reserved
2 Tbsp. sugar
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter or sunflower seed butter
1/2 cup mini M&Ms, colorful chocolate candies or sprinkles
Make the dough:In a bowl, whisk together the egg, sugar, oil and vanilla until smooth. Have your kids help measure ingredients, crack the egg and whisk!
Add the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, mixing until a dough forms. Get your little one involved with measuring the dry ingredients, and stirring.
Flatten into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes. Get your family to help shape the dough into a disc, and wrap.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two trays with baking paper.
Meanwhile, make the filling:Combine the egg yolk, sugar and peanut butter until smooth. Set aside. Kids can help separate the yolk from the white (age dependent) and mix the filling.
Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness (if they are too thick, the dough will crack when shaping). Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter (or you can use the mouth of a glass), cut out circles, setting them aside. Repeat with remaining dough. Get your family rolling and cutting out circles! Your kids can also use a metal spatula to transfer thecircles to the baking sheet.
Use a pastry brush to brush the remaining egg white on the dough. Task your little one with painting each circle with the invisible egg “glue.”
Place 1 tsp. filling in the center of the circle. Fold the dough into a triangle, pinching the corners tightly. Top with 3-4 mini M&Ms. Kids can scoop out the filling, help fold and top with M&Ms. See below for how to fold the dough.
Brush with egg. Kids can paint their hamantaschen with “glue” again!
Micah Siva is a trained chef, Registered Dietitian, recipe writer, food photographer, and Jewish cook. Her love for food began in her grandmother’s kitchen, where she learned about the importance of food in celebrating holidays, bringing family together, and keeping traditions alive. She strives to modernize the foods she grew up on, adding her own unique spin on everything from matzah balls to latkes. Through her personal blog, (Nosh with Micah), she shares delicious, plant-forward recipes that are chef-created , dietitian approved, and guaranteed delicious.