Hamantaschen Recipe

Jane Bruce


  • 1 cup  granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups  unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • eggs
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour
  •   2-4 tablespoons jam, chocolate chips, or prune butter

This easy hamantaschen recipe has been passed down in my family for generations and traces back to Germany. These festive triangle-shaped cookies offer the perfect sweet bite for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. They are traditionally filled with lakbar, a thick tangy prune spread (think apple butter but with prunes). Have fun folding and filling these cookies with your favorite jams and jellies — or for an extra treat, try adding a few chocolate chips in the center for a warm gooey filling.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, cream the sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs and mix until incorporated.

Over a separate bowl, sift together the baking powder and flour. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 batches, blending after each addition. 

Put the dough in the freezer for 5 minutes to stiffen. Transfer the dough onto waxed paper, and sandwich it with another sheet of waxed paper sheet on top. Roll to ¼-inch thickness.

Using a 2 ½- to 3-inch diameter cookie cutter, cut circles into the dough and put a small dollop of jam or filling in the center. Fold the circle so it forms a triangle; pinch the top and fold up the bottom.

Transfer the cookies to a baking sheet and bake until golden brown at the edges, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool, and enjoy.


Calories per serving:

144 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Kidney Friendly, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 151g 232%
  • Carbs 482g 161%
  • Saturated 91g 455%
  • Fiber 9g 36%
  • Trans 6g
  • Sugars 230g
  • Protein 47g 93%
  • Cholesterol 738mg 246%
  • Sodium 551mg 23%
  • Calcium 496mg 50%
  • Magnesium 88mg 22%
  • Potassium 564mg 16%
  • Iron 17mg 96%
  • Zinc 4mg 25%
  • Phosphorus 1,044mg 149%
  • Vitamin A 4,801IU 96%
  • Vitamin C 5mg 9%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 166%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 123%
  • Niacin (B3) 19mg 93%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 16%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 631µg 158%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 20%
  • Vitamin D 5µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 29%
  • Vitamin K 13µg 16%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 40g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 8g
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