I can’t believe it took me this long to come up with this hamantaschen flavor! I love pumpkin and I love chai, but I guess since this isn’t pumpkin season, this idea hasn’t hit me-until now. And I’m so happy I thought of it! I always have Oregon Chai tea concentrate on hand because I love making my own chai tea lattes during the winter. I use the chai tea concentrate as the liquid in the dough, and to further bring out that flavor I make my own chai spice blend. The spice blend has a lot of ingredients, but they are all so amazing, once you own them, you will find yourself using them in sweet and savory dishes! I love pumpkin but don’t really like pumpkin pie. But this hamantaschen recipe needed a pumpkin pie filling, so I was on the hunt for a filling even I would love. I remembered seeing a recipe I thought I would like by Bakerella (one of my idols and the inventor of the cake pop). She uses cream cheese along side the pumpkin in her pie bites recipe; so I did the same thing but used dairy-free tofutti cream cheese and spiced it with my chai spice blend. Holy deliciousness! My dough is soft, tender, and so easy to work with. The dough needs no refrigeration and doesn’t lose it’s shape. These cookies are packed with flavor and freeze so well. The dough and filling can even be prepared the day before, just wrap and chill in the fridge. The next day, just shape and bake. I’m not sure which hamantaschen are my favorite anymore. These are definitely on par with my cookies n’ cream recipe, but a bit more sophisticated than my funfetti hamantaschen. Just try them all!
Stir the spices together and set aside to use in the dough and the pumpkin filling.
Prepare the dough
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the shortening with the sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and mix until combined. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and spice mix and slowly mix on low speed. Pour in the chai tea concentrate and mix until a dough is formed. You can use the dough right away, but if the dough is too sticky, wrap and chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
Prepare the filling
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth and no longer lumpy.
Mix in the pumpkin, egg, and spices.
Form the hamantaschen
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 1 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 before drizzling the icing.
Mix the confectioners sugar with a little bit of water and mix until combined. Keep adding water until the desired consistency. I like a thick and opaque icing. Drizzle the icing on the cooled hamantaschen and allow to dry.
It’s no secret that I love baking hamantaschen. I have made some fun combinations like cookies n’ cream, peanut butter and jelly, and pina colada, but nothing beats my classic recipe. With the funfetti trend going around I thought it would be fun to jump on board. I’ve seen a ton of funfetti deserts going around, but I hadn’t been in Purim mode so I never put the two together until I saw Chanie’s (Busy In Brooklyn) Funfetti Cake. I immediately grabbed my recipe and raided my sprinkle cabinet and I’m so happy with these-they are like a party! I highly recommend trying my recipe for hamantaschen dough because it’s so easy to work with; and the cookies come out tender, soft, with just the right amount of sweetness to balance with the jam center. But…you could always just use your personal favorite recipe and add in some sprinkles!
Sometimes I get a dessert idea that is too good to be true. After seeing Melinda’s (Kitchen-Tested) Black and White Cookie Hamantachen I immediately got inspired. Melinda used black and white bakery cookies to make a cookie butter filling. Then all at once I thought-cookie butter filling is genius…chocolate sandwich cookies…cookie crumbs in the dough…cookies n’ cream hamantaschen! This idea went from my mind to my oven in less than 24 hours. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I really really wanted this cookie to work-and it did! I made my own cookie filling that comes together so fast, it’s only 2 ingredients! I clearly love baking hamantaschen; and I love coming up with fun combinations such as Peanut Buttter and Jelly, and Pina Colada, but I think this is my best idea yet!
¼ cup liquid non-dairy whip topping, defrosted (such as rich's whip)
Prepare the dough
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the shortening with the sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and mix until combined. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and slowly mix on low speed. Pour in the soy milk and mix until a dough is formed. Sprinkle in the cookie crumbs and mix until evenly distributed. You can use the dough right away. If the dough is too sticky, wrap and chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
Prepare the filling
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, crush the 12 sandwich cookies until finely ground. Pour in the ¼ cup of defrosted whip topping and process until smooth. Refrigerate if it is too runny-it will firm up. Filling can be made in advance and stored in the fridge.
Form the hamantaschen:
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 ¾ 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!
* The filling puffs in the oven so if you overfill, you will lose your perfect shape, but they will taste even more amazing! The filling settles in once the cookies are cooled.
If you need help forming the hamantaschen, check out my handy video!