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apple pie hamantaschen cookies on a plate

Apple Pie Hamantaschen

Classic sweet flavor for the traditional Purim cookies. Rich cinnamon and apple filling for a non-dairy simple and quick dough that doesn't need to rest or be cooled.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Jewish
Servings 40 cookies


For the dough

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup boiling water

For the filling

  • 3 apples
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Juice of half a lemon


  • Peel, core, and cut the apples into small cubes.
  • In a wide pan, place the cubed apples and cook on high for 2 minutes.
  • Add the sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and sugar. Mix well.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes until the apples start to soften a bit.
  • Transfer the apples to a colander placed over a bowl to let the liquids out.
  • Let the apple pie filling cool to room temperature and strain all liquids.
  • Set the oven to 160°C / 325°F with the fan.
  • In a bowl, place all the dough ingredients and mix well.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll the dough.
  • With a cup or a cookie cutter cut out circles.
  • Place ½ teaspoon (or a bit more if you make big circles) of filling in the center of each circle and close the dough to a triangular shape cookie.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Cool at room temperature.
  • Have a hamantaschen and Happy Purim!


*To get the hamantaschen to hold their shape while baking and to keep the filling from running out you need to pinch the 3 corners and pinch very well! Check your pinches before you put the cookies in the oven and start baking. You might see that some opened already.
*To keep the filling inside the cookies you need to use nonrunny filling and get rid of any excess liquids by straining the filling. In addition, don’t overload the dough with a lot of filling. It all depends on the size of the cookies you cut. I used a cup this time and not a cookie-cutter. It created small cookies so I filled each one with only 3-4 cubes of apple.