from the kitchen of Roz Krieger z’l
½ Cup Shortening or margarine (not oil)
1 Cup Sugar
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 Cup Orange Juice
3 Cups Flour
Filling of your choice: chocolate chips, poppy seeds, strawberry jam…etc.
Blend eggs, shortening, sugar, baking powder, and orange juice together in a large bowl. Gradually add flour while using hands to work the dough until a soft ball forms and the dough comes away from the side of the bowl. Add flour as needed. While working with the dough, keep hands floured.
Roll out small pieces of the dough on a floured board. Take an average-size glass to use as cookie cutter and cut out circles. The uncut dough can be used for another batch of circles.
Place a small amount of filling into the middle of each circle and fold into a triangle. Be sure to pinch triangle edges together so that they stay closed.
WARNING: Too much filling will cause the hamantashen to “explode.”
Place hamantashen on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 until golden brown.