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Apple Pie Hamantaschen Cookies

Servings 30 apple pie hamantaschen cookies
Author Natalie


For the dough:

  • 150 grams (1 cup + 1 tbsp.) all-purpose flour
  • 100 grams (1 stick) cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 40 grams (1/3 cup) sugar powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1-2 tbsp. cold water

For the apple pie filling:

  • 4 large Granny Smith apples
  • 50 grams (1/4 cup) sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

For decoration:

  • Sugar powder


  1. Short crust pastry: in a food processor with a steel blade, put flour, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt and blend until a crumbly mixture is obtained.
  2. Add the yolk and continue to blend until dough is formed. If the dough does not combine into large lumps - gradually add a little water.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and form a disc shape.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap and cool in the refrigerator for about an hour.
  5. Apple pie filling: peel the apples and cut into small cubes the size of 1*1 cm.
  6. Heat a wide skillet over high flame.
  7. Place the apple cubes in the skillet and cook at a high flame for 3-4 minutes while stirring until the apples begin to soften a little.
  8. Add sugar, vanilla, lemon and cinnamon and mix well. Lower the heat and continue to cook the apple cubes for 5-10 minutes or until they soften slightly, but still firm.
  9. Drain the liquids and cool at room temperature.
  10. On a floured surface roll the dough about 3-4 mm thick and cut out 7-8 cm circles.
  11. Place about 1 teaspoon of apple filling and close to the shape of hamantaschen.
  12. Place the hamantaschen cookies in increments on a baking pan lined with baking paper.
  13. Preheat the oven to 170c degrees.
  14. Bake the hamantaschen cookies for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  15. Cool at room temperature, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Keep the hamantaschen cookies in a sealed jar for up to 2 days at room temperature.
  • It is possible to freeze the hamantaschen for up to a week or two in a sealed box. It is recommended to warm slightly before serving.
  • It is recommended to serve the apple pie hamantaschen a little warm, so they are at their best and really reminiscent of apple pie.
  • Instead of apples, you can use pears in the same amount.