Incredible Edible Hamentashen Graggers
I am so excited about this recipe guys!!
I have to think creatively for my job, and I love thinking out of the box! But sometimes some things just occur to me out of the blue when I'm not even trying to come up with new recipes. This is one of those times.
Interestingly, last night I was at Business School and the speaker (who was amazing!) said something and I realized that is exactly what happened with me and these cookies.
He was telling us about making time for ourselves to be people separate from our businesses. He said many business owners claim: " when I reach these goals I will make time for hobbies, relaxation etc." but the fact is that most of the BEST ideas come from our down time when we are enjoying personal time and not necessarily when we are hyper focused on thinking up good ideas.
Guess where I thought these cookies up? In my actual HAPPY PLACE! My bed!!!
It was early in the morning and I think I was half asleep, I was planning on making #hamentashen that morning and all of a sudden I thought of this. I wasn't sure it would work but I jumped up and went to try it before my kids even woke up!
I don't have a triangle cookie cutter, so I tried it two ways, with a scalloped knife and with a triangle template cut out of parchment paper. The scalloped ones came out really pretty, but it is harder to get the size consistent, so in the end I went for easiest/quickest template method.
I also tested a few different methods to make the "stained glass" windows. Using a whole hard candy worked well, but, the window was quite foggy. With the crushed candies the windows came out much clearer.
You guys, this recipe comes together really well, uses ingredients you most probably have at home (except for the candy maybe ;) and makes such a huge impression when you show it off to your kids, friends etc.
Some reasons why this cookie is so awesome:
*You can use it as a gragger during the megila reading
*You can put them in your mishloach manot
*You can use them as table decor at your Purim Seuda
*They are so pretty
*They taste amazing!
I know you're going to love them! Follow these easy step by step instructions and video and be sure to tag us @lilyrose_bakersbox in your pics, I can't wait to see how yours come out!!
Yields: 6 Large Cookies Graggers
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
2 cups (plus some for dusting) flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
Clear hard candies
Step by Step Method
Step 1: Prepare the dough
-Whisk eggs and oil together
-Add sugars and whisk together
-Fold in flour, salt and baking powder
-Lightly knead dough to combine
Step 2: Roll out the dough
-If the dough is still sticky lightly dust with flour
-Roll the dough in between 2 pieces of parchment paper until about 1/2 inch thick
Step 3: Cut out the shapes
-Cut a medium sized triangle shape out of parchment paper, fold it in half and cut a smaller triangle in the middle. This is your template.
-Trace your template on the dough with a sharp knife and cut out the triangle shapes
Step 4: Make the windows
-Place hard candies in a baggie and crush using a rolling pin
-Fill empty triangle with the crushed candies making sure to cover the entire space
-Bake cookies in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 10 minutes
-If there are some small air bubbles when the cookies come out, use a toothpick immediately to gently fill in the spots with melted candy
-Let set for 10 minutes
Step 5: Make the graggers
-Use 2 cookies facing up right
-Fill one window (the bottom cookie) half way with assorted sprinkles and pearls
-Place chocolate in a piping bag and microwave for 1 minute in 15 second increments, until melted
-make a small cut at the corner of the piping bag
-Pipe a line of chocolate around the edge of the bottom cookie
-Top with the second cookie and let set so the chocolate can seal the cookies
And you're done! HAPPY PURIM!!!!