Purim: A Tasty Celebration

Everybody will enjoy the easy-to-make little cakes that Jewish people eat to celebrate the spring holiday of Purim.


Purim, which begins this year on March 15, is a holiday commemorating the liberation of the Jewish people in the days of the ancient Persian Empire. The story is told in the Bible’s Book of Esther.

Today, Jewish people celebrate by feasting, drinking wine and sending gifts to the poor. Kids put on costumes and give each other treats. One of the holidays’ s most beloved treats are triangle pastries with sweet filling, called hamantaschen, named for the evil minister Haman, who plotted against the ancient Jewish people.

No matter what your faith, you and your kids will find these treats easy to make and a joy to share.


Dough Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup of orange juice
  • 5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder


  • Strawberry Jam
  • or
  • Chocolate chips


In a large bowl mix, gradually add the dough ingredients in the order that they are listed above, until stiff dough is formed.

Preheat oven to 350 °F.

On a flat surface roll the dough out to ¼ inch thick.

Cut circles into the dough with a cup.

Put jam or chocolate chips in the middle of each circle.

Pinch each circle to form a triangle.

Bake for 13-15 minutes

Cool for 2 minutes and serve!

Happy Purim!




  1. Djuro

    Does the name have a meaning something like “little purses”? We have a similar thing, but slightly different shape here!

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