Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Frugal Food Thursday: Double Chocolate Hamantaschen

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Last Sunday was the Jewish holiday of Purim, which celebrates the events of the Scroll of Esther.  It's celebrated by reading the scroll, dressing up in costumes, eating (and drinking!) at a festive meals, and sharing gifts of food - especially hamantaschen.

Hamantaschen, or "Haman's pockets," are three-cornered filled cookies named for the villain of the Purim story.  Traditionally, they're filled with poppyseed or prune filling.

But I had a chocolate hankering when I was making mine, and I wanted to use up a free Hershey's chocolate bar from CVS.  (What a deal!)  So, I decided to add cocoa powder to the dough and use the chocolate bar as the filling - double chocolate hamantaschen.  Yum!


2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 4-oz Hershey's chocolate bar

Beat the eggs.  Add in the oil, sugar, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa together.  Add the dry ingredients a little at a time to the wet ingredients, beating at first with a wooden spoon and kneading with your hands when the dough becomes stiff, until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated.

On a floured board, roll out a portion of the dough with a rolling pin. Using a 4-inch diameter cookie cutter (I used a circular quart-sized container), cut out rounds. Fill the middle of each round with one square from the chocolate bar, broken into small pieces.  Fold up the hamantaschen by folding up the bottom until it touches the filling, then the left side, and then the right, so that it forms a triangle.  Add the unused dough back to the rest of the dough.  Continue until all the dough has been used, approximately 14-16 hamantaschen.

Bake at 350 degrees on a greased cookie sheet for 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.

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judee@glutenfreeA-Z March 23, 2011 at 10:32 PM  

What could be better than a double chocolate hamantaschen.. Great recipe.. thanks.
I linked up a vegetarian entree for falafel that is made in the crockpot, yet it comes out crispy! Thanks for hosting..

Becki March 23, 2011 at 11:39 PM  

Those look *so* yummy! I think going with chocolate was a good choice. ;) Thanks for the idea. :)

Denise March 24, 2011 at 1:04 AM  

Thanks for hosting! I'm sharing my Lemon Cranberry Muffins & FAVE Breakfast Options this week.

Denise @ Creative Kitchen

Andrea (Andreas Kitchen) March 24, 2011 at 2:54 AM  

Happy Thursday! I am sharing my recipe for Pureed Zucchini Soup With Sun Dried Tomato.
It will be very frugal during zucchini season!
Thanks for hosting!

Lisa March 24, 2011 at 11:31 AM  

Thanks for hosting! Looking forward to checking out the many links here. :) I'm sharing our latest muffin, lemon poppy seed. So yummy! Blessings, ~Lisa

Lisa March 24, 2011 at 11:52 AM  

These sound great! I've never had chocolate hamantaschen before...only with fruit! One of my favorite holiday desserts actually. YUM! : )

Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free March 24, 2011 at 2:44 PM  

Your double chocolate treats for Purim sound wonderful!

Sunday was also the first day of spring, but that didn't keep cold weather from blowing in later, so I made some Beef Vegetable Soup with Italian Veggies to warm us a little. It was remarkable filling, as well as nutritious. Better yet, all the ingredients were in my pantry or refrigerator/freezer. No trips out to pick up anything!

a moderate life March 24, 2011 at 6:33 PM  

Hi Laura! My recipe for this week was really frugal because it included some foraged food and some old russet potatoes that I would have thrown away! Twice cooked gnocchi with white pine salt was amazing. all the best, Alex

Miz Helen March 24, 2011 at 8:45 PM  

I really loved your post and the history of this recipe. Your Hamantaschen looks delicious and full of flavor. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

Unknown March 24, 2011 at 9:04 PM  

I had never heard of these until last year. I kept meaning to try them but forgot. Thanks for the reminder - I think I will give your version a try:)

a joyful noise March 25, 2011 at 2:56 AM  

Interesting, and anything with chocolate appeals to me. Thanks for sharing! I found you on Ann's Food on Fridays site.

Marana March 25, 2011 at 4:45 AM  

this is so nice triangle shape, i will try this recipe thanks for sharing it.

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Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 25, 2011 at 3:27 PM  

Yum! Sounds wonderful. I love chocolate.

I hope you'll stop by and share your recipe with my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday.

Candi March 28, 2011 at 6:30 PM  

I've been making these for a few months at work and had no idea what they were called! Thanks for letting me know :) I'll have to try the chocolate ones!

Unknown March 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM  

I know it's crazy, but the thought of making the dough chocolaty as well had never occurred to me!

Wanderluster March 30, 2011 at 12:29 PM  

I'm thinking of dozens of other fillings that might be quite delectable in these too!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife March 30, 2011 at 5:13 PM  

I love the story behind these cookies - and double chocolate anything resonates with me! These look wonderful. Thank you for sharing them with the Hearth and Soul blog hop!

Katherine April 2, 2011 at 11:09 PM  

I love that you put your own twist on a traditional favorite! Thanks for linking up!

Patricia @ ButterYum April 3, 2011 at 7:30 AM  

Oh my - these cookies are truly beautiful, and wow, all that chocolate :). I know they were good!!


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