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Make The Best Easy Apple Pie Hamantashen: Kid Tested And Approved

Chantelle has been cooking with her son since he was three years old. They are working on a cookbook that they hope to finish by next year.

Apple Pie Hamantashen

Apple Pie Hamantashen

What Are Hamantashen?

Hamantashen are cookies traditionally eaten on the Jewish holiday of Purim. They are triangle shaped and are meant to resemble Haman's hat. Haman, from the biblical Book of Esther, tried to destroy the Jews and failed. To commemorate this, we have the festive holiday of Purim, where hamantashen are eaten, costumes are worn, wine is drunk, and acts of charity are required.

Initially, hamantashen were made with fruit fillings, apricot and prune, or poppyseed filling. Now hamantashen are made with a wide variety of fillings both sweet and savory. I hope you enjoy my take on traditional apple pie with icing.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

14 min

44 min



  • 2 large apples
  • 1 package pre-made pie crust
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Cube the apples into small chunks (about 1/4 inch). Saute the apples with 2 tablespoons of butter until they are softened. Add the cinnamon, salt and maple syrup and cook until the syrup is reduced.
  2. Roll out your pie crust. Using a drinking glass, cut as many circles of crust as your glass allows. Put a teaspoon of filling in the the middle of the crust to make a triangle and seal the crust. (Don't put too much filling in the crust; it won't hold it's shape.)
  3. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 14 minutes. Let cool.
  4. Mix your powdered sugar and milk to make the icing. Drizzle over each cookie. Enjoy!

Homemade Pie Crust

If you have a bit more time, or simply prefer homemade, here's a pie crust recipe to get you started.


  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ½ cup cold water


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cut shortening and flour together.
  2. Then add water and stir with a fork until it forms a ball. If there's still flour at the end, add water, a teaspoon at a time. You want the dough to be stiff, not sticky, so be careful not to add too much water.
  3. Divide in half. If you're only using half, you can freeze the other half now. Let the dough chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before rolling out.

Mix it up and try some of these flavors:





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© 2016 Chantelle Porter

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drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 18, 2016:

Thanks for explaining the meaning of hamantashen - who knew? I will share your recipe with my daughter who is the genuine cook/baker in the family.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 17, 2016:

Definitely a real winner!

Chantelle Porter (author) from Ann Arbor on January 13, 2016:

Please do! I would love to hear how you like them.

Besarien from South Florida on January 13, 2016:

This sounds delicious! I love that you use maple syrup which makes everything taste like the best weekends of my childhood. I can't wait to try your recipe. I'll let you know how mine turns out!

Chantelle Porter (author) from Ann Arbor on January 12, 2016:

Thank you. If you try them, let me know how you like them.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 12, 2016:

Thanks for the recipe and sharing the true story! Fascinating.

Chantelle Porter (author) from Ann Arbor on January 12, 2016:

Thanks! My husband loves mcd apple pies too but these turned out really good as well.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 11, 2016:

i love mcd apple pie but yours is better!

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