Purim Recipes

Looking for hamantaschen recipes, or recipes for poppy seed cakes and cookies? Begin planning your Purim celebration here.

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Five Minute Lemon-Poppy Seed Cake

Rating: 3.09 stars
I read a recipe a while back about a chocolate cake that was cooked in 3 minutes in the microwave. I didn't really believe it, but I tried it out and then proceeded to alter it to suit my own tastes because I thought it was too heavy and the texture was a bit wonky - if decent for an instant chocolate fix at 12:00 in the morning. Still, the unpleasant texture just became more pronounced as I experimented with vanilla variations. At last, here is my 5-minute lemon-poppy seed cake that rises beautifully and is light and airy - unlike the chocolate cake.

Balsamic Chicken

Rating: 4.29 stars
A tasty, easy-to-make chicken dish -- my husband loves it. Sometimes I cut the chicken in strips,and serve over pasta.

Easy Purim Hamentashen

Rating: 4.6 stars
A relatively easy recipe for both the cookie and the fillings. Kids will have fun kneading, rolling and pressing the cookie cutters. This includes instructions for milchig and pareve cookies.

Kolaches From the Bread Machine

Rating: 4.56 stars
This is a family favorite made easy. Preparing the dough in a bread machine saves time kneading the dough by hand. My grandmother used to make these when we would visit. Now I can make them for her.

Poppy Seed Bundt Cake II

Rating: 4.88 stars
An easy poppy seed Bundt cake that is quick AND delicious.

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

Rating: 4.52 stars
Crusty garlic bread and a nice light Chianti wine complement this meal very well.

Sambusaks (Sumboosaks) with Chickpeas

Rating: 3.86 stars
These are traditional Purim sambusaks from Baghdad, with a chickpea filling and a whole egg in each. Adding the egg is optional, so please omit that part if you'd prefer to make these without eggs.


Rating: 4.54 stars
My father and grandparents were born in Czechoslovakia. I use to watch my grandmother make these small pastries at Christmas time and I couldn't wait to eat them when she was all done. I do hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do. You will need a large area to work.

Maple Salmon

Rating: 4.67 stars
This is the best and most delicious salmon recipe, and very easy to prepare. I love maple in everything and put this together one night. My husband totally loved it; he did not like salmon that much until he had this.

Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Rating: 4.69 stars
This is an easy, moist lemon and poppy seed cake that was my grandfather's favorite.

Wine-Braised Beef Brisket

Rating: 4.65 stars
This is yummy the day you make it, but is even more delicious the next day.

Onion Poppy Seed Ring

Rating: 4.67 stars
A family recipe used for Purim.

Inspiration and Ideas

7 Hamantaschen Recipes for Purim
Find dough recipes, sweet fillings, plus lots of folding tips for perfect triangles every time!
Pinto Bean Pie
Rating: Unrated
"WOW! I made this for Purim. One of the traditions is to eat lots of beans, seeds, and nuts to represent the vegetarian diet Queen Esther may have eaten." – joeyanna

Juicy Roasted Chicken

Rating: 4.71 stars

My grandmother's recipe for roasted chicken. We are German and she used to do it this way all the time. I never have had a chicken this juicy before; this little trick works and makes the people eating it go silent. It's funny. We nibble on the celery after.