Purim is one of my favorite holidays, and not just because you are supposed to party. It also gives me an excuse to bake (and eat) some delicious cookies.
Hamantaschen are a traditional part of Purim – and poppy seed is the best (and perhaps most traditional) flavor. There are a variety of theories about the origin and symbolism of these cookies, but my favorite is that they are shaped like the triangular hat worn by the villain in the book of Esther.
Whatever their origin, they are delicious. I’ve made countless batches over the years, but this recipe is my crowning achievement – I finally nailed the perfect cake consistency with a light citrus flavor. Though I rarely bake with Crisco, it turns out to be critical. The filling is incredible as well – the almond flour brings out the nutty flavor of the poppy seeds and helps thicken the consistency.