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Hamentaschen

Purim is two days away.  St. Patrick’s Day is on Monday.  Here’s a cute article on the Purim-St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Tel Aviv.  I’ve baked up a storm of green in honor of St. Patty’s Day.  So in honor of Purim, I’ve made raspberry and apricot hamentaschen.

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I used this baklava hamantaschen recipe from Jenessa’s Dinners.  The only different ingredient I used was a teaspoon of vanilla instead of the optional almond extract.  This recipe makes a really workable dough.  I used a biscuit cutter to cut the dough into rounds.  Then I put a 1/2 teaspoon of jam in the middle (too much jam and it might leak out of the cookie during baking).  The important thing to remember is to fold over the dough to form a triangle (not pinch as the cookies can open.)  Also, the recipe recommends rolling the dough to 1/8 thickness.  That’s a good idea because if it’s thicker, there’s more chance of the cookies opening during baking.

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The traditional fillings include poppy seed and prune.  I’ve also seen apricot and hamentaschen at traditional bakeries.  Today, you’ll find some interesting hamentaschen on blogs like red velvet, s’mores, the above baklava and more.

If you don’t want to bake your own, you can find them at most grocery stores and bakeries.  My favorites are at Moishe’s Bakery on 2nd Avenue and E. 7th Street.

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Two for Tuesday: St. Patrick’s Day Treats

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Here are some St. Patrick’s Day treats.  No, they aren’t traditional.  They are just green.  Green desserts are either mint or lime, so here is one of each.  I made brownies with green mint chips.  I had looked all over Manhattan for green chocolate chips and couldn’t find them.   My family found these for me.

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They are Guittard green mint chips.  Just make your favorite homemade or box brownies and add these chips.  To prevent them from settling on the bottom, just flour them before you add them.  They offer a wee bit of green for St. Patty’s Day.

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I also revisited the cherry white chocolate pudding cookies from Valentine’s Day. This time, I used sugar-free lime Jell-O and sugar-free cheesecake pudding to make White Chocolate Lime Cheesecake Cookies to green it up for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Cherry White Chocolate Pudding Cookies

If you are snowed in, how about making some cookies?  I made the cherry white chocolate pudding cookies from Chocolate Chocolate and More like I did this time last year.  They are a classic in my house!  Plus, they are a great color for Valentine’s Day!

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Vanilla Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I made these vanilla peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars from Feed Your Soul Too.  I saw this recipe and wanted to try the Peanut Butter & Co. White Chocolate Wonderful.  It is pretty wonderful on its own but also very delicious in these bars.

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Two for Tuesday: Peanut Butter Cookies

The coconut ladoos reminded me of a peanut butter treat I used to make as a kid–peanut butter balls.  I got this recipe from a feature for kids in the newspaper called The Mini Page some time back in the 1980s.

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Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

1 cup oats

1 cup coconut

Mix all together.  Shape into balls.  Roll in more coconut.  Chill and serve.  Yum!

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I also made my sea salt peanut butter cookies for the holidays.

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These are always a big hit.

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Coconut Meringue Peach Bars

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I made the coconut apricot bars from Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book.  I didn’t have apricot or pineapple preserves, which the recipe called for, but I did have peach, so I used that.  This recipe is made for a 13×9 pan, but I can tell you the cookie dough will not fit into a pan that size.  I put it in a square cake pan and that worked perfectly.  Ironically, this cookie also has meringue.  I didn’t plan it that way, but I’m finding out that I really like meringue.  This is yummy while it’s still a bit warm but best after it’s cooled.  This is definitely for the sweet tooth, as the preserves and the meringue are sweet.

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Cherry Pecan Icebox Cookies

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Today’s cookies are the cherry pecan icebox cookies from Taste of Home‘s Best Loved Cookies and Bars.  These have been a family favorite for years, and I’ve written about them before.

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