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Hamantash

A hamantash (Yiddish: המן טאַש‎, also spelled hamentasch, pl. המן טאַשען hamantashen or hamentaschen, literally 'Haman pockets') (, ozen Haman, pl. אוזני המן, oznei Haman, literally 'Haman's ears') is a filled-pocket cookie or pastry recognizable for its triangular shape, usually associated with the Jewish holiday of Purim and Haman, the villain in the Purim story. The shape is achieved by folding in the sides of a circular piece of dough, with a filling placed in the center. Hamantashen are made with many different fillings, including poppy seed (the oldest and most traditional variety), prunes, nut, date, apricot, raspberry, raisins, apple, fruit preserves in a lekvar style, cherry, fig, chocolate, dulce de leche, halva, or even caramel or cheese. Their formation varies from hard pastry to soft doughy casings.

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Hamantashen cookies

These are traditional cookies eaten on the Jewish festival of Purim. The cookie commemorates the fall of Haman, the wicked PM of the King of Persia who plotted to kill all the Jews of Persia.

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