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Queen Esther Cookies


These cookies take about 30 minutes total to make and bake.

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon, or vanilla
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup poppyseeds
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

In a mixing bowl, mix oil and sugar.  Add eggs, flavoring and milk.

Stir in poppyseeds.

Add flour and mix lightly until smooth.

Roll out dough and cut into shapes – crowns, Star of David.

Bake 350 on cookie sheets for about 12 minutes or until edges are golden.




Hamantaschen are special cookies made for Purim.  They are filled with jam and the edges are pinched together to look like Haman’s tri-corn hat.

Ingredients:  1 ½ cups butter, softened;  2 ¼ cups sugar, 3 large eggs, ¾ tsp. baking soda, 6 ½ cups unbleached flour, and your favorite jam or date paste.

⅓ cup cold water for pinching sides together

Mix the ingredients together until it forms a soft ball that is easily rolled.  With a rolling pin, roll out dough until it’s between ⅛ and ¼ inch thick.  Using the top of a glass or jar, cut out circles. 

Place a teaspoon of jam or date paste in the center of the circle.

Wetting your fingers with the water, pinch the sides together to form a triangle or tri-corn hat making them stick together. 

Bake at  350º for 8-10 minutes or until fully cooked and light brown in color.


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