What is your favorite flavor hamantaschen? Traditional (apricot, raspberry, prune, poppy seed)? Creative, modern twists (cookie dough, chocolate, dulce de leche, savory)? ‘Tis the time of year to seek out the best hamantaschen or try your hand at making them yourself (although I will admit, I paint them much better than I bake them).
Hamantaschen are triangular cookies made out of a delicious shortbread or cookie dough and filled any or all of the fillings mentioned above. Hamantaschen cookies help celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim, which commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews. The three corners of the cookie resembles the three cornered hat worn by evil Haman.
I painted my first Hamantaschen in 2014 and, clearly, I was not finished with the subject. From the same bakery as before, Flakowitz Deli of Boynton Beach, FL, I chose the rich, jewel tone filling of raspberry, for the appropriately named painting “Raspberry Hamantaschen,” 2017. Yes, both times I asked either my mom or grandma to carefully wrap them up, put them in their carry on bag, and fly them to me. They must really love me, as they never asked questions. Good thing they both love to share good food!
Purim is a festive, fun holiday filled with costumes, food filled baskets, and lots of hamantaschen. This year, 2017, Purim begins at sundown on Saturday, March 11. Therefore, you only have a couple days left to find these delectable treats in bakeries near you.