I have been making Hamantaschen for so many years now & this year I have made some with a Chocolate & Halva filling!
If you are not familiar with Hamantaschen they are a triangle shaped cookie. The cookie dough is shaped into a triangle around delicious fillings than baked to perfection. The traditional filling in our family was a mixture of prunes/raisin/apricot/walnuts.( I have changed my prune filling over the years and just puree some prunes & raisins until I like the taste & adjust as I wasn’t..sweeter add more raisins.)
I always make 5 different kinds of Hamantaschen every year. Prune, Poppyseed, Apricot, Almond & Sprinkle ones! I have also made Chocolate & Chocolate Chip as well! My favorite Poppyseed Filling recipe is from Bon Appetit. The Almond Filling is from King Arthur Baking
These Chocolate & Halva Hamantaschen may become a favorite of mine! They are delicious! I did not measure how much Halva I put in each cookie so if you Love Halva put more in, if you only kind-of like halva then just put a bit! I tried 2 different dough recipes and did not really like any of them with this filling so I used my Carrot Rolled Dough recipe ( half a recipe) without the carrots since they are a bit more ‘cookie-like’ without the carrot & not so soft.
The key to keeping Hamantaschen closed when they bake is to not over-fill them and make sure that the edges are pinched tightly without any gaps!
Here is the recipe for these Chocolate & Halva Hamantaschen
1/ cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
Chocolate Spread.. I used Laura Secord Chocolate Spread
Preheat oven to 350f
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or use a silicone mat
You will need a rolling pin & a glasss or circle cookie cutter. I use a glass with a 3 inch radius.
- In the bowl of your mixer, cream the sugar & oil. Add the eggs & the vanilla. Mix well
- With the mixer on low speed gradually add the flour & baking powder. Increase the speed to medium and mix until a dough is formed. Scrape down the sides & bottom of the bowl as needed with a spatula;.
- Put the dough on a work surface. Bring it together into a ball. flatten into a disc shape. Divide the dough in half, setting one half aside.
- Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness
- Have the chocolate filling & halva beside your dough & 2 teaspoons to use when scooping out the chocolate filling
- Using the glass or round cutter, cut circles of the dough. Fill each circle with approx 1 heaping teaspoon of chocolate spread then a about 1/2 tsp of halva. Put the halva on top of the chocolate filling not covering all of the filling. We want one chocolate to be seen as well as the halva!
- Pinch the circle into a triangle shape. See the pictures below
- Bake in the preheated oven for approx 12-15 minutes until nicely browned.Baking time will vary depending on how thick your dough is.
- After they are finished baking, remove the Hamantaschen to a cooling rack. Cool completely before eating as the filling is hot!!
Sprinkle with icing sugar if you want or you can even drizzle some chocolate overtop of this!
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