Even if you’ve never heard of it, chances are you’ve heard of Queen Esther, the beautiful Jewish girl chosen to be the queen of the Persian empire.
As the Bible tells the story in the book of Esther, the king’s right-hand-man, Haman, hated the Jews and tried to have them annihilated. Esther risked her life to plead for her peoples safety. The king listened and allowed the Jews to fight against Haman and his followers.
The Jews were able to defeat their enemies and Queen Esther has been heralded as a savior of the Jewish people ever since. To celebrate their victory, they hold a feast every year – the Feast of Purim.
These tasty little cookies are made in the alleged shape of Haman’s hat, and named after him. Filled with jam and made from a tasty grain-free almond dough, I’m willing to eat something named after a villain… 😉
Make up a batch and celebrate with a cute 1-year old.
Cinnamon Apricot Hamantaschen
Free of grain, gluten, eggs, dairy & refined sugar.
Place almonds and coconut flour in food processor or high-powered blender (I use this one) and pulse until a fine meal is achieved. (Be careful not to puree it into almond butter though!)
Dump into a large bowl and whisk in cinnamon, salt, and soda.
In small saucepan, heat honey and coconut oil until just liquid. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over almond mixture and mix well.
Stick the dough in the fridge for 1/2 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Divide dough in half and roll out between two pieces of parchment paper until about 1/4 inch thick. Using the lid of a regular-size mason jar (or a circular cookie cutter would be great… but I don’t have one), cut dough into circles and transfer carefully to prepared cookie sheets (I used a pancake flipper to transfer them).
Place a teaspoonful of jam in the center of each circle, then carefully fold the dough up to create three sides. Pinch the corners to form a little triangle.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden. Remove from pan and let cool for at least 5 minutes before devouring. I know it's hard, but you won't regret waiting for them. 🙂