Today, my daughter would like to share a story and a cookie recipe for a special holiday we will be celebrating in a few days.
Purim is a Jewish holiday. Haman, the King's advisor, wanted all the people to bow to him. But Queen Esther told the King that Haman was bad so the King sent Haman away and the Jewish people were free. So, on Purim we celebrate Queen Esther because she was a hero, and we celebrate that we are free. We dress up in costumes, put on masks and crowns, and make loud noise with special shakers called groggers. We eat sweet cookies called Hamentashen. These cookies are not like other cookies because they are shaped like a triangle to remind us of Hayman's hat.
This is how we made our Hamentashen. I mixed flour, and baking powder, and salt together. Mommy mixed the butter and sugar together and then I helped her to add the eggs. Then, we mixed all ingredients together and made a dough. Then we put the dough in the refrigerator. After a while, Mommy rolled the dough and I cut the circles out. I put the fillings - chocolate or cherry or blackberry jam. Mommy made the cookies into a triangular shape. Then, we baked them. They were delicious to eat.
We got the recipe from Grandma but we changed it a lot, so this is our new recipe. Ingredients:
2 1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
1 tablespoon almond extract
Chocolate chips, cherry preserves, blackberry jam or other fillingsDirections:
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and sugar. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar, mix in eggs and almond extract. Slowly add the flour while mixing. Wrap the dough in a plastic bag and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or place in a freezer for about 45 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 325°F. Roll out half of the dough in a disk about 1/4 inch thick. Cut circle shapes out with a glass or a cookie cutter. Place a little bit of filling in the middle of each circle. Pinch the sides of the dough together to form a triangular shape with the filling being open. Arrange on baking sheet and refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes or until just starting to turn golden.
We also made hot chocolate with rainbow bubbles. We wrote "Spring" and "Rainbow" with a coconut whipped cream that Mommy made with her immersion blender. We ate our cookies with the hot chocolate and it was delicious!
[Click here to get the Recipe for Rainbow Hot Chocolate]
[5 Star Foodie: This Rainbow Hot Chocolate is our submission to the Eat Your Words Challenge hosted by Savor the Thyme and Tangled Noodle.]
Thank you, Chef E, for giving me blue ribbon Junior Chef Award and for the advice about the cookie dough.