Almost 2 years ago, I wrote a blog post. My very first blog post. 215 posts and two blog upgrades later, I am writing about the same exact recipe I shared on March 17th, 2009. It happens to be a seasonal recipe, which makes it less of a coincidence, but no less nostalgic. (Actually reading it again made me laugh- glad my writing has improved since then!)
Hamantashen are three-cornered cookies traditionally filled with jam that are eaten to commemorate the Jewish holiday of Purim, when the Jewish people dodged an evil plot by Persian villain named Haman. As I learned the story as a little girl, we eat Hamantashen because Haman was known to have worn a three-cornered hat. But, as I brushed up on my Jewish history when writing this post, I learned that they also symbolize his pockets or his ears (I suppose pointy ears may be evil-ish?).
The holiday is celebrated each Spring, right around the time of Mardi Gras. Since we commemorate this day by re-enacting the story of Purim with costumes, playing the characters of the story, it is quite similar to the carnival nature of Mardi Gras, which is why some friends and I made these delicious and EASY cookies this past weekend!
Any recipe only requiring 4 ingredients (+ fillings of your choice) is a winner to me, so there was no excuse NOT to make Hamantashen this year. Thanks to Julie for the original recipe. And thanks to all of my readers who have come along after that first post 2 years ago.
(enter nostalgia) I also want to mention that it’s because of this post, that I came in touch with Charles of the Judicial Peach, who is my connection to Eric of The Peached Tortilla, a great friend and now, local restauranteur. Turns out blogging is great for networking. Charles’ comment back then was: “Those turned out really well. I made ‘em too for Purim, but I had a few triangles unseal on me!” Thanks, Charles, for my very first comment, which served as encouragement early on that I should keep writing as long as people were reading, even states away!
And, I would say that you can consider your blog successful when you refer to it while cooking– this is exactly what happened last night– ha, glad I’m my own information source.
Here’s the recipe. This year, Jenny, Jesse, Chelsea and I added in some dried fruit, including raisins and candied ginger, chipotle pepper + chocolate, blackberry jam, and Austin Slow Burn Peach Habanero jam as fillings to mix it up!