Rating: 4.13 stars
63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 3

This is a great recipe to use when you're short on time but don't want to deprive your family of that famous Jewish fruit-filled cookie around Purim time. Versions of this recipe have circulated around the Colorado Springs Jewish community for years. At a Purim carnival one year, I asked for someone's copy of the recipe.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and flour. Stir in the eggs and water to form a stiff dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch round circles and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Place a teaspoon of filling into the center of each cookie and pinch the sides to form three corners. Moisten with water if necessary.

  • Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

155 calories; protein 2.1g; carbohydrates 29.9g; fat 3g; cholesterol 15.9mg; sodium 151.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (63)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2003
These were the easiest hamentashen I've ever made and among the tastiest. The dough has a very very nice flavor. Make sure to pinch the corners extremely tightly so there is just a little filling visable. I had several in my first batch open up in the oven. They didn't look so good but they were delicious! Read More
(49)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/26/2010
This recipe is missing an important ingredient - the liquid. My preschool has used a similar recipe for years with great success. Use 1 box of yellow cake mix (Duncan Hines is pareve), 3 eggs, 1/2 C orange juice and 2 1/2 C flour (add more if the dough is sticky). Fill with your favorite preserve & pinch closed. Bake @ 350 for appx. 10 - 12 minutes. Use a touch of water to seal the edges of the hamantachen. Enjoy! Read More
(52)
63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 2 stars
02/26/2010
This recipe is missing an important ingredient - the liquid. My preschool has used a similar recipe for years with great success. Use 1 box of yellow cake mix (Duncan Hines is pareve), 3 eggs, 1/2 C orange juice and 2 1/2 C flour (add more if the dough is sticky). Fill with your favorite preserve & pinch closed. Bake @ 350 for appx. 10 - 12 minutes. Use a touch of water to seal the edges of the hamantachen. Enjoy! Read More
(52)
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2003
These were the easiest hamentashen I've ever made and among the tastiest. The dough has a very very nice flavor. Make sure to pinch the corners extremely tightly so there is just a little filling visable. I had several in my first batch open up in the oven. They didn't look so good but they were delicious! Read More
(49)
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2008
So yummy...and so easy to make. The dough was a little crumbly so I did have to add some water. I doubled the recipe (using two cake mixes 4 eggs and about 1 1/2 cups of flour) and made about 36 very large Hamentashen. Actually...I made these for a Hamentashen bake-off and they won against all the "traditional" recipe ones. You gotta try this! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/07/2004
I made this with one 18.25 oz package yellow butter cake mix. I had to add at least another cup of flour because the dough was very moist and sticky (like a cake). As a result I think it affected the cookie. I was disappointed. What went wrong? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/13/2005
Tastes delicious and very quick & simple! The only prob is that the stiff texture made it very hard to form thus making cracks by the edges. (in this case use water). It's also VERY sweet- which I haven't decided if I love or could live without. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2007
I made these last night. I've eaten a lot of hamentashen and these were AMAZING. They tasted more like the ones bought at the bakery than homemade. The reason it's not getting full stars is that today the dough is getting soft/soggy to the point that a few have broken on the bottem. Still taste great though! Next time will refrigerate between making and serving:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2011
I made this recipe yesterday and although I had to add additional water they came out absolutely delicious. The dough was soft and had a perfect flavor from the cake mix...we did everything the recipe called for and it worked out to perfection. Everyone who tasted them thought they were amazing. In addition to the extra water needed to make the dough stick together I needed to bake them for an additional 2 minutes but that was fine and again this is an easy recipe that is quick to prepare and turns out a delicious hamentashen. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2010
easy and delicious! i used betty crocker moist yellow cake mix and high-quality raspberry preserves... tasted better than the ones from the bakery (and less crumbly). I added about 4Tbs of water instead of the 2 as written cuz otherwise the dough didnt hold together. i sealed the corners with water before baking... SO GOOD!! but i only got about 18cookies so i guess i'll have to roll them out thinner next time (and make 2 batches- these were gone so fast!) Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2003
I've never made hamentashen before but I was alwaysdying to. I found this recipe online and in half an hourm they were in the oven. I must say that the cake mix might even be a better dough than normal hamentashen doungh because of its texture. I tried them with jam and poppyseed filling and with the jam they were delicious the poppyseed filling was just too sweet. Read More
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