Friday, March 2, 2012


As if parties, food gift baskets and festive meals aren't enough, these cookies-- a classic for Purim make the holiday even sweeter!
Shaped like the hated Haman's hat from the Purim story, these cookies can be filled with anything from poppy seed, prune fillings, jam or chocolate. What makes this chocolate filling unique is the chocolate ganache. It's normally made with heavy cream but here, we substituted coconut milk. That means they are parve (no dairy) and in a kosher home they can be served after a meat meal, or tucked into your Shalach Manot gift baskets. 

Coconut-Chocolate Hamantaschen
2 sticks of parve margerine (I like Earth Balance)
3/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Chocolate filling
1/3 cup Coconut milk
8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate

1. Cream together the margarine and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg yolks and vanilla and beat until smooth.

2. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly add to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Shape dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

3. In a small saucepan, heat Coconut milk, remove from heat and stir in chocolate. Keep stirring until smooth. Refrigerate until stiff.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness and cut into 3-inch circles. Place 1 teaspoon of chocolate filling in the center of each circle. Brush edges with water and and bring together on three sides to form a triangle. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
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