Strawberry Cheesecake Hamantashen

Strawberry Cheesecake Hamantashen

Nina Safar

The Jewish holiday Purim is this Sunday, March 15 and I am eagerly anticipating the festivities! For those of you who would like to celebrate be aware that everyone is strongly encouraged to dress up, eat large amounts of candy and drink (a responsible) amount of alcohol. Oh yes, and eat hamantashen.

The three cornered pastry is a holiday treat and is traditionally filled with poppy seeds and various jams. Devouring it is symbolic of overcoming evil. (more on that HERE) While I have no desire to fill ANY pastry with poppy seeds, I do like the idea of taking flaky soft dough and stuffing it with something decadent and wonderful, like Strawberry Cheesecake filling.

20
Servings
265
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 2/3  Cups  sugar
  • 1/2  Cup  oil
  • eggs
  • 2 1/2  Cups  flour
  • 2  Teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1  Teaspoon  vanilla extract

For the Cheesecake Filling

  • 8  Ounces  cream cheese
  • 1/2  Cup  sugar
  • 1  Teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1  Cup  strawberry jam

Directions

For the Dough

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachement, cream together sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Slowly add flour and baking powder. Mix together. The dough might be crumbly, use your hands to smooth it out and combine it. Roll out dough on floured surface (about 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch thick. Not too thick since then the circles are hard to shape and will open up. Not too thin since then it will rip when shaping or filling) and cut out circles using a donut cutter or the rim of a large glass cup or mason jar. Fill center of circle with strawberry jam and cheesecake filling (about 1/2 tsp each) and bake on 350′ for 12 to 15 minutes depending on how soft or crispy you want them. I like them super soft so took them out around 10 minutes.

* Notes on shaping hamantashen:  Place filling in center than slowly fold over one side. Then the next and finally bring the bottom on top. Gently pinch the corners. 

For the Cheesecake Filling

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachement, cream together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Place 1/2 teaspoon cream cheese mixture and 1/2 teaspoon strawberry jam in center of each hamantash. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
14g
20%
Sugar
6g
7%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
7mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
33g
25%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
20µg
3%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
8mg
11%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
53mg
5%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
6µg
2%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
7mg
2%
Phosphorus, P
100mg
14%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
193mg
13%
Water
12g
0%

Strawberry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Strawberry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.