Fruit-filled hamantaschen

Yield: 36 Servings

Measure Ingredient
⅔ cup Butter; softened
½ cup Sugar
1 large Egg
½ teaspoon Vanilla
3 cups All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Baking powder
1 dash Salt
¾ cup Pitted prunes; coarsely chopped
⅓ cup Dried cherries
¼ cup Water
¼ \N Apple; chopped
\N \N Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
\N \N Confectioners' sugar



Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 10-15 minutes Chilling time: 2-3 hours Yield: about 3 dozen

1. Combine butter and sugar in large bowl of electric mixer. Beat on medium speed until light, 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Slowly add to butter mixture, beating well after each addition, until incorporated. Wrap dough in wax paper and chill 2 to 3 hours or overnight.

2. To make filling, heat prunes, cherries and water to a simmer over medium heat in small saucepan. Simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in apple, lemon zest and juice. Set aside.

3. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Divide dough into fourths. Roll each piece out on floured surface to ⅛-inch thickness. Cut 2½-inch circles out of dough using cookie cutter. Wet edge of each circle with water. Drop 1 scant teaspoon filling in center of each circle. Raise three edges of circle; pinch together in center forming a triangle.

4. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove to cooling rack; cool completely. Sprinkle each cooled cookie with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition information per cookie: Calories ....... 95 Fat ............. 4 g Cholesterol .. 15 mg Sodium ...... 55 mg Carbohydrates .. 15 g Protein .....

From Chicago Tribune Posted to TNT - Prodigy's Recipe Exchange Newsletter by Rrairie@... on Aug 14, 1997

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