Purim is coming soon and it is time for some hamantaschen cookies. Instead of the traditional cookies that everyone makes for the holiday, I thought I would give mine a twist! Everyone loves pizza, in any shape or size, with different toppings and cheeses - pizza is universal. So why not make Pizza Hamantaschen? It’s the best of both worlds.
To create the pizza filling, I used shredded mozzarella cheese and finely chopped tomatoes (also known as polpa). I used this brand and mixed the tomatoes with the cheese and added a small teaspoon for each cookie. Don’t be tempted to add a lot of filling, the hamantaschen will open up and you will only end up with mini pizza cookies. Trust me, it happened to me when I tested the recipe.
These pizza hamantaschen have a hard cookie dough rather then a soft dough like you have in a regular pizza. The cookies are a bit chewy and flaky and with the pizza filling they are the best savory bite to add to your Purim celebrations.
To add even more flavor, I added sliced olives. You can also add any other pizza topping you like, the ball is in your court.
If you are looking for more hamantaschen recipes and other options to fill your mishloah manot (sending portions) with, check out my Purim recipe index.
The recipe yields 18 cookies approximately, it all depends on the size that you make them.
Here is the recipe for these yummy pizza hamantaschen:
For the dough:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup (150 grams) cold cubed butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoon cold water
For the filling:
- ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella or other hard cheese
- Handful sliced olives
- In a blender bowl, blend the flour, salt, and butter until it becomes a crumbly mixture.
- Add the egg and water. Continue to blend until the dough starts to unify.
- Shape the dough into a disc-shape on baking paper and put it in the refrigerator to rest for 30 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F with the fan.
- In a mixing bowl, mix the mozzarella and finely chopped tomato.
- Take the dough out of the refrigerator and roll it out on a floured surface.
- Use a glass or a round cookie cutter to cut circles out of the dough.
- Fill each dough circle with 1 teaspoon of filling and close the dough into triangular-shaped cookies.
- Add olives or the other flavor you are using.
- Place the cookies on a baking tray.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes.
- Cool at room temperature.
- Have a hamantaschen and Happy Purim!
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