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Chocolate Hamantaschen

During the month of Purim, our shops shelves fill with these iconic triangle-shaped cookies, mounds of sweet filling encased in delicate short dough. Chocolate is a real crowd-pleaser, as well as another classic like poppy. We use a hexagon cutter to get the most out of our dough, but a circle cutter will also do the trick.  

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Yields approx. 24 pieces

For the Dough

185g Butter
40g Granulated Sugar
75g Powdered Sugar
Pinch of Salt
1 Large Egg
300g Pastry Flour
40g Almond Flour

For the Chocolate Filling

1/4c (200g) Dark Chocolate
2T (30g) Butter
1/4c (50g) Sugar
2 Eggs
1/4c (100g) Nutella
1/2C (100g) Chocolate Chips

Suggested Equipment

   • chef knife and cutting board
   • sauce pan
   • a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment
   • plastic wrap
   • rolling pin
   • approx. 3" hexagon or round cutter
   • piping bag or spoon
   • pastry brush or your fingers
   • sheet pan lined with parchment paper
   • sifter or sieve



  1. Measure out all ingredients and set aside.

    background pattern For best results, we recommend using kitchen scale to weigh ingredients instead of measuring with cups & spoons.

  2. In an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar and salt on medium speed for about 4 minutes or until light and fluffy.

  3. Add the powdered sugar and mix on low speed for 1 minute or until combined, scraping the bowl as needed.

  4. Slowly add the egg and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes or until fully combined, scraping the bowl as needed.

  5. Add the flour and mix on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds. Do not overmix! If the dough is crumbly, you can knead it slightly by hand until it comes together.

    background pattern Overmixing the flour will allow too much gluten to form in the dough, resulting in a tougher texture. In general for tender baked goods like cakes and cookies, only mix the flour until just combined, even finishing the mix by hand to make sure you don't overdo it.

  6. Remove the dough from the bowl and form it into a roughly 6" x 6" square; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day (or pop it directly in the freezer and freeze for up to two weeks, defrosting in the fridge overnight before shaping).


  1. Melt the chocolate and butter together over a bain marie.

  2. Separately, combine sugar and eggs and heat over a bain marie until body temperature.

  3. Remove from heat and slowly add egg mixture to chocolate mixture until smooth.

  4. Add Nutella and chocolate chips.

  5. Let cool completely.


  1. Make the egg wash by lightly whisking one egg, a pinch of salt, and a splash of water until the yolk breaks up and the mixture is smooth. Set aside.

  2. Roll out the dough: on a lightly floured surface, roll the chilled dough to 1/8 to 1/16” thick, adding flour as needed to ensure it doesn't stick to the table. If the dough breaks, you can patch it with scraps and keep rolling, or cut the dough into smaller, more manageable portions to roll. Brush off any excess flour with a dry pastry brush.

    background pattern There's a sweet spot where the dough temperature is warm enough to roll without cracking but cold enough to not stick to the table. Before you begin rolling cold dough straight from the fridge, temper it by hitting it firmly with a rolling pin many times on both sides. This helps make the dough more pliable, preventing cracking as you roll it out. (It's also a stress reliever for the baker.) 

  3. Cut the dough using a hexagon (or circle) cutter. Remove any excess dough, re-form into a square (without over-kneading), cover in plastic and refrigerate again.

  4. Lightly egg wash the entire top surface of the hexagons.

  5. Pipe the filling: if using a piping bag, cut a 1/2" opening in the tip of the bag, or use a 1/2" round tip if you prefer. Make sure your apple filling can fit through the opening without clogging. Pipe (or spoon) approximately 1 teaspoon of apple filling into the center of each piece, being careful not to overfill.

  6. Fold every other corner (three total) up and into the center to form a pyramid, pinching the remaining corners to secure the filling. (If using a circle cutter, imagine 3 equidistant "corners" and pull those up into the center.)

  7. Arrange shaped cookies 2” apart on a parchment-lined sheet pan and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

  8. Repeat steps 3 - 7 until you've shaped all of the dough, re-rolling scraps up to 3 times.

    background pattern Want to bake your hamantaschen another day?  Consolidate them on your sheet pan (without allowing them to touch), wrap well with plastic wrap and freeze for up to one week. Allow them to defrost slightly for 15-20 minutes before baking.


  1. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly before covering in powdered sugar.


Hamantaschen will always be best the day that they're baked, but they'll hold well at room temperature up to two days after baking. Store the cooled cookies in a sealed container or wrapped in plastic.

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