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Goat Cheese Sesame Hamantaschen

Purim is a CELEBRATION 🥳


What's on your table this year — A grazing board? Nuts? Fruits and veg? Hamantaschen? Or all of them?


Make this year’s Purim 2022 extra special and wow your guests with this Goat Cheese Sesame Hamantaschen spread!



When you're in the mood for something a bit more fancier and want a cookie that's more savory than sweet, try this recipe for goat cheese hamantaschen. Goat cheese is one of my favorite ingredients to stuff inside my hamantaschen because it has such a rich, creamy consistency and a tangy flavor that pairs well with so many different foods- perfect for a mini hamantaschen grazing cheese board of sorts!


The recipe makes about 24 cookies, so double up if you need them for more than one party. And best of all? They freeze well — so make a big batch and share them at ALL the parties!

 

Goat Cheese Sesame Hamantaschen

Author: Micah Siva

Makes: 2 dozen


Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1 ¾  cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, plus more for rolling 

  • ¼ tsp sea salt

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold butter, cubed

  • 1 large egg, whisked

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 2-3 tbsp water, as needed


Filling:

  • ¼ cup sesame seeds

  • ½ cup soft goat cheese

  • 2 tbsp honey


Egg wash:

  • 1 large egg, whisked


Preparation:

  1. In the bowl of a food processor,  combine flour, baking powder, sesame seeds and sea salt. 

  2. Add butter, pulsing until just combined. Alternatively, cut in the flour using your fingers or a pastry cutter until just combined.

  3. Add the egg, egg yolk, and honey until a dough forms, adding water, 1 tbsp at a time as needed.

  4. Flatten into a disc, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 2 trays with baking paper.

  6. Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/8th inch thickness (if they are too thick, the dough will crack when shaping. 

  7. Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter, cut out circles, setting them aside. Repeat with remaining dough.

  8. Use a pastry brush to brush the egg on the dough, sprinkle with 2 tbsp sesame seeds

  9. Combine goat cheese and honey in a bowl. 

  10. Place 1 ½ tsp goat cheese mixture in the center of each circle.

  11. Fold the dough into a triangle, pinching the corners tightly.

  12. Brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with an additional 2 tbsp sesame seeds.

  13. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden.

  14. Transfer to a cooling rack.


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