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College Cuisine: Grab a Cookie and Sit Down for Storytime

by Alyssa Miron, food blogger

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Most people are familiar with Hamantaschen cookies. You know, the little triangle ones that have fruit jam in the middle that randomly appear on the shelves in the Spring? The Jewish tradition celebrates Purim in March and it’s probably the most festive holiday in the religion. These delicious cookies come with a story that is told like a fairytale.

The story begins when a king named King Ahasuerus searches for a new queen and finds beautiful Esther. As she takes the throne,  she keeps her Jewish identity secret because her uncle Mordechai (the leader of the Jews in the city) told her so. A while after, Haman, the richest man in the kingdom was appointed the King’s new prime minister. All the king’s subjects were ordered to bow down to him as a sign of honor and everyone did…except Mordechai. Haman decided that instead of punishing Mordechai, he would punish all of his people. He declared a decree in which he planed on killing all of the Jews. Ester went to her husband, the King, and asked him to please spare the life of my people. As a result, the King was so furious at Haman that he insisted he be hanged immediately. The holiday is now rememberd as a joyous occasion of Jews triumphing evil, and is celebrated by dressing up and having festivals—and eating delicious triangle cookies, of course.

To make these traditional cookies, click ahead for the recipe!

Hamantaschen Cookies

gluten free recipe!


  • 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 canola oil or grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 agave nectar
  • raspberry jam


  1. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.
  2. In another smaller bowl, combine the oil and agave nectar.
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry.
  4. Scoop a tablespoon seized ball of dough onto a wax paper sheet. Press each ball flat with the palm of your hand until the dough is round and about 1/4 inch think.
  5. Scoop 1/2 teaspoon of jam into the center of each dough circle. Fold the dough in to create a triangle (three sides), pinching each of the 3 corners.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes until cookies are golden brown around the edges.

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