Let me tell you, these Trumpentaschen are the best Hamantaschen ever. They are also the best cookies ever. I know cookies. They sport a nutty orange dough and delectable imPEACHment filling.
The sour lemon comb over is literally the frosting. But don’t forget the extra tiny balls!
These Trumpentaschen are a completely original recipe, and after trying them, people are going to say “Haman who?” and “Shushan where?” because these cookies are better than the dumb old ones and that tired old story.
These cookies are here to make Purim Great Again!
Trumpentaschen Hamantaschen are not organic, vegan, gluten free, or free from GMOs. This recipe is not about your special needs, snowflake.
Trumpentaschen Hamantaschen Purim Cookie Recipe:
For the dough:
- 4 Cups Regular White Flour
- 2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 2 Sticks Salted Butter
- 1 Cup Sugar
- Zest of 1 Orange (remember, organic produce is for paranoid sissies)
- 3 Tbs Orange Juice
- 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
- 2 eggs plus one extra egg, well beaten and preferably insulted with a lot of misogynist slurs.
- Orange food coloring
For the ImPEACHment filling:
- Apricot Jam
For the topping:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- Yellow food coloring
- Tiny Ball Sprinkles. Because tiny balls make everything more fun. Right?
Trumpentaschen Step One:
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Sift your white flour and baking powder together. They are both white so they should integrate without any controversy whatsoever.
Trumpentaschen Step Two:
In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the two eggs and beat them into submission. Next add your orange zest and nutty almond extract. Nutty is your signature flavor. Orange is your signature color. Go with it and don’t ever waver.
Start adding in your flour mixture. This mixture will give that runny liquid stuff the structure and discipline it needs to hold together in the cookie world. Respect the white flour. Yield to it. However you may need to alternate with the orange juice to keep the dough from getting too dry, crumbly, and impossible to work with.
Lastly, add in a generous shot of orange food coloring. It’s important that our Trumpentaschen maintain their signature shade through the baking process.
Once your dough has got its act together, it’s time for it to chill. Swaddle it in some environmentally destructive plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge for at least an hour or up to a day. Go play some golf at Mar a Lago.
Trumpentaschen Step Three:
Roll, roll, roll your dough. Do this gently and lovingly on a well floured board. Use wax paper to protect the VIP dough from the pressure of the polling pin, and to ensure that nothing untoward sticks.
Roll to about 1/4 inch thick.
Use a 3 inch round cookie cutter to cut the dough to perfect circles. You could go bigger or smaller than 3 inches but 3 inches seems about the right measure for Trumpentaschen in our opinion. Any bigger would be misleading and the tiny balls would be altogether lost.
Gather the scraps, and toss in the fridge for a second round of rolling.
Trumpentaschen Step Four:
During this step you will add the filling and shape the dough. Try not to put too much pressure on getting it right. It’s not like you are shaping the future!
Place one teaspoon of apricot jam at the center of each dough circle. Did you think there were actual peaches in the ImPEACHment filling? Fake news! Lies! Also, no time to figure out where to purchase actual peach jam. That’s ok. The truth is malleable.
Grab that extra beaten egg that you have on the side, and dip a finger into it. Run that finger along the rim of each circle. That egg may be beaten, but it’s still going to hold this whole cookie together, dammit. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, use a pastry brush. Or better yet, find someone else in your cabinet to do the actual work for you.
Fold the cookie into thirds, overlapping the dough, to form the triangle shape. Be sure to pinch the corners tightly to keep the filling from boiling over and exploding out in a single tweet when the oven heats up on it.
Brush the formed cookie with a little bit more of the beaten egg, to encourage a healthy glow.
Trumpentaschen Step Five:
Bake for 19-23 minutes or until the cookies have a nice even orange tan to them. Make sure to check them after about ten minutes in the oven, to see if they look unbalanced. You may need to spin them to make them look normal.
When they are more than half baked, you can take them out of the oven and place on a rack to cool.
Trumpentaschen Step Six:
Place the cooled Trumpentaschen on a wire rack with a sheet of waxed paper below to contain and control any drips or leaks as you dress this mess.
Mix up your powdered sugar and lemon juice till it’s a nice texture to ice with. Add some yellow food coloring because nobody wants their presidential Purim cookies to appear old or faded. Place your yellow icing into a plastic ziplock baggie or pastry bag and snip off a tiny tiny corner. Time for the Trumpentaschen to get it’s comb over!
Following the lines of the folds, frost a giant swoosh of yellow across the top of each Trumpentaschen.
All that’s left to finish these are the tiny balls.
Enjoy your Trumpentaschen Hamantaschen Purim Cookies!
Finally! A cookie I’d eat, if not vote for…
Note: Trumpentaschen are best eaten in Washington DC or your own state capitol. They taste best on Purim or immediately after voting.
Some other Purim Recipes from my Blog:
Pita-taschen Trader Joes Hummous filled Savory Hamantaschen
Pizza-tachen – Pizza flavored Savory Hamantaschen
For more Purim fun, Jewish Holiday Food & Activities be sure to visit WhatJewWanna Eat blog and Kveller. They are full of great ideas!