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Crispy Cookies with Plum Butter Filling — Hamantashen

Ola Rokita29 March 2019Comments (2)

Crispy Cookies with Plum Butter Filling

I have eaten all kinds of cookies, but these plum butter filled cookies, also known as Hamantaschen, are my favorite. They are buttery, not too sweet, have a slight tangy taste, and go perfect with coffee or tea. Personally, I can’t only eat one. Three are the minimum for me.

My grandmother would bake them in early spring and I loved coming home and grabbing a few before going outside to play.

Use Strawberry Preserves if you don’t have Plum Butter

She would also use different fillings if she didn’t have plum butter on hand. Such as strawberry preserves or poppy seeds. When I make them with my kids, we also fill our cookies with chocolate hazelnut spread. But, I still think plum butter ones are the best.

Use room-temperature ingredients

Before making your your crispy cookies, I highly recommend using room temperature ingredients, especially butter and eggs. About an hour before baking, take the eggs and butter out of the fridge and leave them on your kitchen counter.

Also, for the plum butter, if you don’t have fresh plums, you can use ready-made plum butter or plum preserves from your grocery store. I sometimes even use plum jam if I can’t find plum butter.

Quick and Simple Plum Butter Recipe

To make plum butter, I wash and dry about two pounds of plums. Take out the pits, cut the pitted plums into quarters, add 4 table spoons of water and 4 table spoons of sugar, and cook them in a medium sauce pan, with the cover on, over a low heat for about 45 minutes. Then for about 15-20 minutes I let the cooked plums rest under the cover. Once softened, I use an immersion mixer to puree the plums into a smooth butter.

As in my other recipes, for this one I only use wheat flour from Poland. Preferably a mix of “Krupczatka” (coarsely milled) flour and All Purpose flour for extra crispness and airier dough.

Plum Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 8 tbsp butter (110 grams)
  • 0.5 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt or kefir
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 0.5 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Filling:

  • 8 oz Plum Butter about 225 grams

Instructions

  1. Mix butter and powdered sugar together into a creamy texture.

  2. Add egg yolks, sour cream and yogurt, or kefir, and mix everything well together.

  3. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla, and continue mixing.
  4. Finally add the flour, and using your hands knead the dough into a ball.

  5. Cover the kneaded dough with foil and put it in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. You can leave your dough in the fridge overnight or 24 hours if you like.

  6. Once cooled, take half a portion of the dough and roll it flat with a rolling pin. About 1/4 of an inch (0.5 cm) thick. You can use plastic wrap to avoid sticking.

  7. Using the rim of a round glass or circular cookie cutter, cut out circles from your dough.

  8. Place a teaspoon of plum butter onto each circle. 

  9. Fold it on three sides into a shape of a triangle.

  10. Place your shaped cookie onto a cookie sheet.

  11. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius for 25-30 minutes. 

 

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Lucy March 30, 2019 at 12:37

These cakes seem to be so delicious…

I will bake them tomorrow! 🙂
Lucy

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Ola Rokita March 30, 2019 at 22:30

Thanks Lucy! Happy to know you’ll try this recipe. These cookies are delicious and fun to do with the kids. Enjoy!

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