Sunday, March 9, 2014

Chocolate Hamentaschen

Chocolate Hamentaschen (Adapted from The Frugal Ima's Perfectly Parve Chocolate cookies)

1 cup shortening
1 c white sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp vanilla extract
2 c all-purpose flour
3/4 c cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt


1 cup confectioner's sugar
2-3 Tbs. Water
1 tsp. flavor extract of choice (i.e.vanilla, peppermint, etc.)
sprinkles or other toppings

Cream the shortening and sugar together until fluffy.  Add in eggs and vanilla and combine thoroughly.  Sift together dry ingredients and mix into shortening mixture just until combined.  Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic and chill in the fridge at least a half an hour.  

Unwrap the chilled dough onto a floured surface.  Roll out the dough to a 1/4" thickness.  Cut using 1 1/2" round cutter.   Pinch the rounds to form a triangular shape.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.   Immediately after removing from the oven, use the end of a wooden spoon to make an indentation in the center of the cookie.  Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. 

Mix the filling in a small bowl.  Spoon the icing into the cavity of each cookie.  Add sprinkles or other toppings, if desired.  Allow icing to set.  Store cookies in an airtight container.