Pina Colada Hamantaschen
Coconut Dough:
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract (I like the Lorann Coconut Bakery Emulsion)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut, slightly ground
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbs. pineapple juice
Pineapple Filling:
  • 1-20. oz can crushed pineapple with juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 Tbs. corn starch
  • pinch of salt
Prepare the filling:
  1. In a medium pot, combine the canned pineapple with the juice, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir to make sure the sugar and cornstarch are combined. Heat the mixture on medium heat for 3-5 minutes until thickened and clear; no longer cloudy. Make sure to stir frequently so the pineapple doesn’t burn. Remove from heat, cover directly on the surface with plastic wrap so a skin does not form, and chill in the refrigerator until cool, at least 3 hours. Filling makes 2 ½ cups and can be make a few days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
Prepare the dough:
  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the shortening with the sugar and coconut extract until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and egg yolk and mix until combined. Add in the flour, ground coconut, baking powder, and salt and slowly mix on low speed. Pour in the pineapple juice and mix until a dough is formed. You can use the dough right away. If the dough is too sticky, wrap and chill in the refrigerator for a half hour.
Form the hamantaschen:
  1. On a lightly floured surface, or on a floured sheet of parchment paper, roll out a piece of the dough until thin. Use a round cutter (2½ to 3 inch in diameter) and cut out circles of dough. Fill each round with a tsp. of filling and pinch the seams together to form a triangle. Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet and bake in 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool and enjoy!
Recipe by Lil' Miss Cakes at