apricot jam

Vegan Apricot Hamantaschen

Hamantaschen cookies are typically baked durning the Jewish holiday, Purim. These tasty little bites can be filled with an array of fillings,  savory  or sweet, but often are filled with  apricot jam . Our  apricot jam  recipe is so easy and the perfect filling for these classic vegan hamantaschen. Also, you don’t have to celebrate Purim to enjoy these cookies. These tasty, sweet treats can be enjoyed any time of year! And if you are not a fan of apricot jam, use your imagination and fill them with anything you like from jam, to chocolate, to  vegan cheese !

Hamantaschen cookies are typically baked durning the Jewish holiday, Purim. These tasty little bites can be filled with an array of fillings, savory or sweet, but often are filled with apricot jam. Our apricot jam recipe is so easy and the perfect filling for these classic vegan hamantaschen. Also, you don’t have to celebrate Purim to enjoy these cookies. These tasty, sweet treats can be enjoyed any time of year! And if you are not a fan of apricot jam, use your imagination and fill them with anything you like from jam, to chocolate, to vegan cheese!

INGREDIENTS:

The Dough

  • 3/4 cups vegan butter, room temperature

  • 2/3 cups sugar

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 egg replacement, we used Bobs, you can use flax but it will leave dark flecks in the dough

  • 1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest (optional)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1-2 tablespoons water

  • Apricot Jam

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.

  2. Next, mix in the zest and egg replacer with the butter and sugar.

  3. Finally add the flour and the salt, and mix until a soft dough forms. If the dough seems crumbly, add in a tablespoon or two of water.

  4. Knead the dough on a lightly floured counter top for a few minutes. You do not want to over knead the dough, you just want to make sure all of the ingredients and well incorporated.

  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 2-3 hours in the fridge. The dough is really soft and needs to be pretty cold to roll out.

  6. Once dough is ready, roll it out on a large, clean, floured surface. I like to split my dough in half and only roll out one half at a time, leaving the other half in the fridge so it does not soften back up. I find it easier to manage. Roll the dough out to around 1/8 of an inch thick.

  7. preheat oven to 350 degrees

  8. Using a 3 inch circle cookie cutter or biscuit cutter (or the rim of a small glass) cut circle in dough. Carefully transfer the circles to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Take about a 1/3 teaspoon of apricot jam and place in the center of the circle.

  9. Form the cookie into a triangle by folding in the top of the circle and pinching to a point. Fold up the bottom half of the circle and fold the sides over the bottom. Lightly press the corners together or you can pinch them like the top. Just make sure all corners are sealed well so the triangles do not come open while baking. Continue with remaining dough, leaving about an inch of space between each cookie.

  10. Bake cookies for about 20 minutes. Once cookies are done, transfer to a wire rack to cool.

    Yields about 2 and 1/2 dozen cookies

    If you liked this recipe, try these:

    Savory Vegan Goat Cheese and Tomato Hamantaschen

    Easy Apricot Jam

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Apricot Jam

Apricot jam is as easy as chopping dried fruit, mixing it with sugar and water, and heating it until it has tuned to jam! It is always cheaper than buying it already made and only takes about half an hour. I love apricot jam in hamantaschen cookies, on toast, or as a cake filling. It also works well to sweeten sauces when making things like stir fry, and makes a great addition to a vegan cheese board. With so many uses, and with it taking so little time to whip up a batch of this deliciously easy jam, what are you waiting for?

Apricot jam is as easy as chopping dried fruit, mixing it with sugar and water, and heating it until it has tuned to jam! It is always cheaper than buying it already made and only takes about half an hour. I love apricot jam in hamantaschen cookies, on toast, or as a cake filling. It also works well to sweeten sauces when making things like stir fry, and makes a great addition to a vegan cheese board. With so many uses, and with it taking so little time to whip up a batch of this deliciously easy jam, what are you waiting for?

INGREDIETS:

  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • pinch of salt

INSTRUCTION:

  1. Chop the apricots as finely as you can get them with a good, sharp knife.

  2. Add the apricots, and remaining ingredients to a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat.

  3. Once the water begins to simmer, reduce the heat to low.

  4. Allow the mixture to simmer for around 30 minutes, stirring regularly. The Apricots will begin to break down, the liquid will cook out, and you should begin to get a thick, and sticky jam that will stick to the back of a spoon without sliding off.

  5. Once the jam thickened, transfer to a mason jar and store in the fridge for several weeks.