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Delicious Vegan Hamantaschen – A Classic Purim Treat

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Let’s celebrate with our Vegan Hamantaschen Recipe! These delightful triangular cookies are a must-have for Purim festivities. Start by making a simple vegan dough with flour, sugar, plant-based butter, and a touch of vanilla extract.

Roll out the dough, cut into circles, fill with your favorite vegan jam or preserves, then fold into the iconic triangular shape. Bake until golden brown and enjoy these sweet treats with friends and family!

WHY DOES IT WORK?

  • Incorporating vegan butter and plant-based milk, this recipe ensures a tender, flaky pastry without any animal products.
  • A diverse selection of fillings, from sweet raspberry to savory pumpkin, caters to all taste preferences.
  • Utilizing common kitchen ingredients allows for easy, homemade vegan Hamantaschen, eliminating the need for specialized shopping.

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Finding the perfect Vegan Hamantaschen recipe can feel like a search for a needle in a haystack. Each year, as Purim approaches, the craving for these traditional pastries becomes a pressing concern for those of us following a vegan lifestyle. The challenge? Most recipes lean heavily on dairy and eggs, leaving us out in the cold.

My journey changed when I stumbled upon a game-changing recipe. Remember the frustration of compromising between your ethics and your taste buds? Well, it’s time to eliminate that. 

I found a way to craft delicious, flaky Hamantaschen brimming with sweet or savory fillings while adhering strictly to vegan principles. This discovery satisfies my Purim cravings and aligns with my dietary choices, ensuring I no longer have to skip out on this festive treat.

Vegan Hamantaschen Recipe

What Is Vegan Hamantaschen? 

Vegan Hamantaschen is a compassionate twist on the classic Jewish pastry traditionally made for the Purim holiday.

They maintain the iconic triangular shape, symbolizing the hat of Haman, the villain in the Purim story, but their ingredients ensure they’re entirely plant-based.

Typical recipes replace dairy and eggs with vegan alternatives like plant-based milk, vegan butter, and egg substitutes. Fillings range from sweet fruit jams and chocolate to inventive savory options, making them versatile.

This adaptation allows those following a vegan lifestyle to partake in the festive tradition without compromising their dietary ethics.

Fact – Studies show that incorporating homemade vegan alternatives, like Vegan Hamantaschen, into festive traditions can greatly reduce environmental impact and promote animal welfare, aligning with sustainable living practices.

Vegan Hamantaschen Recipe

Recipe Directions 

  • Thoroughly combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the vegan butter pieces, applesauce, and vanilla to the bowl. Use a pastry blender, large fork, or clean hands to work the mixture into a cohesive dough. If the dough seems too crumbly, add more vegan butter or applesauce until it holds together.
  • Once the dough is smooth and together, wrap it in plastic or a reusable produce bag. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or in the freezer for 15 minutes if you’re short on time.
  • Preheat your oven to 350º F (175º C) when ready to bake.
  • Split the dough in half for easier handling. On a floured surface, roll out each half to about 1/8-inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass to cut out 2 1/2- to 3-inch circles. Re-roll any scraps of dough and repeat until all the dough is used.
  • Place a teaspoon of your chosen filling in the center of each dough circle. Form the dough into a triangle around the filling, ensuring the filling is secure but visible at the top. Pinch the edges tightly; the cookies will expand slightly as they bake. Moisten your fingers if needed to help seal the dough.
  • Arrange the cookies on a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly greased. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown. Avoid overbaking to keep the cookies tender.
  • Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack or plate before serving. Enjoy your homemade vegan Hamantaschen!

Vegan Hamantaschen Recipe

Variations, Add-Ons, And Toppings 

Variations

  • Fruit Fillings: In addition to traditional apricot and raspberry fillings, try using fig, cherry, or peach preserves. Homemade fruit compotes can also add a unique touch.
  • Chocolate: A rich, dark chocolate filling is a decadent option. You can also mix in some peanut butter for a chocolate-peanut butter version.
  • Savory Options: For a twist, fill your Hamantaschen with vegan cheese and spinach, mushroom, and garlic, or even a vegan pizza filling with tomato sauce, vegan cheese, and finely chopped vegetables.
  • Nut Fillings: Ground almonds, walnuts, or pecans mixed with sugar and cinnamon create a hearty, textured filling.
  • Poppy Seed Filling: Ground poppy seeds, non-dairy milk, sugar, and lemon zest can make a vegan version of the traditional poppy seed filling (Mohn).

Add-Ons

  • Citrus Zest: Add lemon, orange, or lime zest to your dough for a fragrant, citrusy aroma.
  • Spices: For added warmth and complexity, incorporate spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom into the dough or fillings.
  • Extracts: To flavor the dough, experiment with almond, lemon, or orange extracts.
  • Dried Fruit: For added texture and sweetness, incorporate finely chopped dried fruits like apricots, dates, or figs into the fillings.

Vegan Hamantaschen Recipe

Toppings

  • Glazes: A simple glaze made from powdered sugar, lemon juice, or non-dairy milk can add sweetness and a professional finish.
  • Nuts: Press a whole almond, pecan, or walnut into the center of the filling before baking for added crunch.
  • Seeds: Sprinkle sesame or poppy seeds on the cookies before baking for a decorative touch and extra texture.
  • Chocolate Drizzle: Melt vegan chocolate over the cooled Hamantaschen for a visually appealing and tasty finish.
  • Powdered Sugar: Dusting powdered sugar over cooled cookies adds a sweet, snow-like appearance.

Vegan Hamantaschen Recipe

Vegetable Substitutions

  • Mushrooms For beef: Their meaty texture makes mushrooms, especially portobellos, a great substitute for beef in burgers or stews.
  • Cauliflower For chicken: Roasted or battered and baked, cauliflower can mimic chicken, perfect for wings or nuggets.
  • Jackfruit For pulled pork: The texture of young green jackfruit shreds like pork, absorbing flavors well for tacos or sandwiches.
  • Eggplant For fish: Eggplant can serve as a base for vegan “fish” dishes when sliced and seasoned.
  • Lentils For ground meat: Cooked lentils work well in sauces, tacos, and as a base for vegan meatballs.
  • Chickpeas For tuna: Mashed chickpeas mixed with vegan mayo and spices create a convincing tuna salad alternative.
  • Beets For smoked salmon: Thinly sliced, marinated beets can mimic the flavor and texture of smoked salmon, ideal for vegan lox.
  • Zucchini For pasta: Spiralized zucchini is a low-carb, gluten-free pasta alternative that is great for light, summery dishes.
  • Butternut Squash For cheese: When pureed, butternut squash adds a creamy, cheesy consistency to vegan mac and cheese or sauces.

Quick Tip – Try using coconut oil instead of vegetable oil for a richer flavor in vegan baking. Its subtle sweetness enhances cakes, cookies, and pastries beautifully.

Vegetable Substitutions

Best Side Dishes

  1. Fruit Salad A fresh, colorful fruit salad balances the sweetness of the Hamantaschen with a natural, refreshing zest.
  2. Israeli Salad This chopped salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and herbs offers a crisp, light accompaniment.
  3. Quinoa Tabbouleh A vegan twist on the classic Middle Eastern dish, using quinoa for added protein and texture.
  4. Roasted Vegetables Seasonal vegetables, roasted with olive oil and herbs, provide a warm, savory contrast to the sweet pastries.
  5. Chickpea Salad A hearty, protein-packed salad with chickpeas, vegetables, and a tangy dressing complements the cookies’ sweetness.
  6. Lentil Soup A comforting, spiced lentil soup can start the meal on a warming note, leading into the dessert-like Hamantaschen.
  7. Hummus And Pita Bread Creamy hummus served with warm pita bread is a great dipping option and adds a creamy texture.
  8. Couscous With Dried Fruit And Nuts A slightly sweet couscous dish with raisins, almonds, or apricots pairs beautifully with the flavors of the Hamantaschen.
  9. Stuffed Bell Peppers Bell peppers stuffed with rice, herbs, and spices offer a satisfying, savory side that contrasts nicely with the pastry.

Best Side Dishes

How To Serve?

  • Assorted Fillings Display: Offer a variety of sweet and savory fillings to cater to different tastes. Arrange the Hamantaschen in groups by filling in the type for a visually appealing display.
  • Dessert Platter: Arrange the Hamantaschen on a dessert platter with other vegan sweets like chocolate truffles, fruit tarts, and cookies. Add fresh berries for a pop of color.
  • Tea Pairing: Serve alongside a selection of teas. Black tea pairs well with sweet fillings, while green tea complements fruit-filled Hamantaschen.
  • Coffee Break: Offer Hamantaschen, a sophisticated accompaniment to coffee, perfect for a morning treat or an afternoon pick-me-up.
  • Dessert Wine Pairing: For an elegant touch, pair sweet Hamantaschen with dessert wines like Moscato or the late-harvest Riesling, enhancing both flavors.
  • A La Mode: Serve warm Hamantaschen with a scoop of vegan ice cream. The contrast between warm pastry and ice cream is irresistible.
  • Powdered Sugar Dusting: Just before serving, dust the Hamantaschen lightly with powdered sugar for a festive look and added sweetness.
  • Fresh Fruit Garnish: Garnish the serving platter with fresh fruit slices or berries that complement the fillings of your Hamantaschen for a refreshing element.
  • Homemade Dips: Offer homemade chocolate or fruit dips for guests to enjoy with their Hamantaschen, adding an interactive and customizable aspect to the dessert experience.
  • Gift Packaging: If you’re sharing these as gifts, package them in decorative boxes or bags, perhaps with a note explaining Hamantaschen’s significance and Purim’s story.

Quick Tip – Try using coconut oil instead of vegetable oil for a richer flavor in vegan baking. Its subtle sweetness enhances cakes, cookies, and pastries beautifully.

How To Serve?

Storage & Make Ahead

  • Store: Vegan Hamantaschen can be kept well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. For longer storage, refrigerate for up to 10 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  • Make Ahead: The dough for Vegan Hamantaschen can be prepared in advance, making your baking process more efficient. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to a month. Thaw in the refrigerator before rolling out and filling.

Fact – Studies show that the triangular shape of Hamantaschen is inspired by the villain Haman’s hat in the Purim story, symbolizing his defeat and the Jewish community’s unity and strength.

vegan hamantachen recipe

Time-Saving Tips

  1. Fruit Salad: A fresh, colorful fruit salad balances the sweetness of the Hamantaschen with a natural, refreshing zest.
  2. Israeli Salad: This chopped salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and herbs offers a crisp, light accompaniment.
  3. Quinoa Tabbouleh: A vegan twist on the classic Middle Eastern dish, using quinoa for added protein and texture.
  4. Roasted Vegetables: Seasonal vegetables, roasted with olive oil and herbs, provide a warm, savory contrast to the sweet pastries.
  5. Chickpea Salad: A hearty, protein-packed salad with chickpeas, vegetables, and a tangy dressing complements the cookies’ sweetness.
  6. Lentil Soup: A comforting, spiced lentil soup can start the meal on a warming note, leading into the dessert-like Hamantaschen.
  7. Hummus And Pita Bread: Creamy hummus served with warm pita bread is a great dipping option and adds a creamy texture.
  8. Couscous with Dried Fruit And Nuts: A slightly sweet couscous dish with raisins, almonds, or apricots pairs beautifully with the flavors of the Hamantaschen.
  9. Stuffed Bell Peppers: Bell peppers stuffed with rice, herbs, and spices offer a satisfying, savory side that contrasts nicely with the pastry.

Delicious Vegan Hamantaschen - A Classic Purim Treat

Delicious Vegan Hamantaschen – A Classic Purim Treat

Recipe by Julia

Vegan Hamantaschen is a delightful, plant-based take on the traditional Jewish pastry celebrated during Purim. These cookies feature a tender, vegan dough shaped into triangles, enclosing a variety of sweet or savory fillings. From fruit jams to chocolate or even inventive vegan cheese blends, each bite offers a cruelty-free twist on a cherished festive treat.

Course: Baking
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Servings

20 – 24

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Prep Time

45

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Cooking Time

12

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Calories

150

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Rest Time

30

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups 2 1/2 Flour (whole wheat pastry, light spelled, unbleached all-purpose, einkorn, or a combination; or a gluten-free flour blend like Bob’s Red Mill)

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 Natural Granulated Sugar

  • 1 Tsp 1 Baking Powder

  • 1/2 Tsp 1/2 Salt

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 Vegan Butter

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 Applesauce

  • 1 Tsp 1 Vanilla Extract

  • For Filling
  • To taste Apricot or Peach All-Fruit Preserves

  • To taste Strawberry All-Fruit Preserves

  • To taste Blackberry or Blueberry All-Fruit Preserves

  • To taste Prune Butter

  • To taste Prune, Poppyseed, & Cocoa

Directions

  • Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add Wet Ingredients: To the same bowl, add pieces of vegan butter, applesauce, and vanilla. Use a pastry blender, a large fork, or clean hands to work the ingredients into a cohesive dough. If the dough is too crumbly, gradually add more vegan butter or applesauce until it holds together well.Vegan Hamantaschen
  • Chill the Dough: Wrap the dough in plastic or a reusable produce bag once the dough is smooth and well combined. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or place in the freezer for 15 minutes if you are short on time.Vegan Hamantaschen
  • Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350º F (175º C) when ready to bake.
  • Roll Out the Dough: Divide the dough in half for easier handling. On a floured surface, roll out each half to about 1/8-inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass to cut out 2 1/2- to 3-inch circles. Gather any dough scraps, re-roll, and continue cutting out circles until all the dough is used.Vegan Hamantaschen
  • Fill and Form Hamantaschen: Place a teaspoon of your chosen filling in the center of each dough circle. Carefully fold the dough into a triangle around the filling, making sure the filling is secure but visible at the top. Pinch the edges tightly to seal as the cookies expand slightly while baking. If necessary, moisten your fingers to help seal the dough.Vegan Hamantaschen
  • Bake: Arrange the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly greased. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. Be careful not to overbake to ensure the cookies remain tender.Vegan Hamantaschen
  • Cool and Serve: Allow the cookies to cool completely on a wire rack or plate before serving.
  • Equipments List
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Pastry blender or large fork
  • Plastic wrap or reusable produce bag
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutter or glass
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • Oven
  • Wire cooling rack

Notes

  • Flour Choice: Experiment with different flours (e.g., whole wheat, spelled, gluten-free) to find your preferred texture and taste.
  • Dough Consistency: Adjust vegan butter or applesauce to achieve the right dough consistency; it should be pliable but not sticky.
  • Filling Varieties: Explore a range of sweet and savory fillings to keep the treats exciting.
  • Sealing Techniques: Ensure edges are tightly pinched to prevent filling from leaking during baking.
  • Baking Time: Watch closely as oven temperatures vary; aim for golden bottoms.
  • Cooling: Allow cookies to cool thoroughly to maintain shape and texture before serving.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container to keep them fresh. Freeze for longer storage.
  • Customization: For unique variations, personalize with different toppings or dough flavors (e.g., citrus zest, spices).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make Vegan Hamantaschen Gluten-Free?

You can make Vegan Hamantaschen gluten-free by substituting the regular flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Many brands offer gluten-free flour blends designed to mimic wheat flour’s texture and baking properties.

When using gluten-free flour, ensure your other ingredients, such as baking powder, are also gluten-free.

It might be necessary to adjust the moisture content slightly, as gluten-free flours can absorb liquids differently than their wheat counterparts.

What Are The Best Fillings For Vegan Hamantaschen?

The best fillings for Vegan Hamantaschen are thick and won’t leak during baking. Popular choices include fruit preserves, such as apricot, raspberry, or fig, which are naturally vegan.

Other excellent fillings are vegan chocolate chips, date paste, and poppy seed filling. For a savory twist, consider fillings like vegan cheese, spinach, mushroom, and onion.

The key is to use flavorful fillings with a thick consistency to prevent them from running out during the baking process.

vegan hamantaschen recipe

How Do I Prevent My Vegan Hamantaschen From Opening Up During Baking?

To prevent Vegan Hamantaschen from opening up during baking, firmly pinch the corners of the dough. It helps to moisten the edges of the circle slightly before folding, as this can help the dough stick together better.

Additionally, avoid overfilling the cookies, as too much filling can cause them to burst open. Some bakers recommend chilling the shaped cookies on the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before baking to help set their shape.

Can I Freeze Vegan Hamantaschen?

Yes, Vegan Hamantaschen can be frozen, either before or after baking. To freeze before baking, place the shaped, unbaked cookies on a baking sheet and freeze until solid.

Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. When ready to bake, you can bake them directly from the freezer, adding a few minutes to the baking time.

Baked Hamantaschen can also be frozen in an airtight container, separated by layers of parchment paper. Thaw at room temperature or in the refrigerator before serving.

How Long Do Vegan Hamantaschen Last, And How Should They Be Stored?

When stored in an airtight container, Vegan Hamantaschen can last up to 5 days at room temperature. If you prefer to keep them longer, they can be refrigerated for up to 10 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

To maintain their texture, ensure they are completely cooled before storing. If you’ve refrigerated or frozen the cookies, letting them come to room temperature before serving can help restore their original texture.

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