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
247
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 2/3 Cups sugar
  • 1/2 Cup oil
  • 2 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
15g
21%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
11mg
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
25g
19%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
34µg
5%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
21mg
2%
Choline, total
3mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
20µg
5%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
12mg
4%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
47mg
7%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
231mg
15%
Water
19g
1%

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.