One of my favorite things to do is design, package and give gifts, which is why I LOVE Purim! Traditionally on the festival of Purim, friends and family in the community give mishloach manot (gift baskets) to each other. These baskets are usually filled with fruit, candy, cookies, wine, chocolates and flowers. Instead of giving the same thing as everyone else this year, I thought it would be nice to give something a little more unique that my friends and family would really enjoy and appreciate.
Which leads us to these adorable “Make Your Own Hamantaschen” Mishloach Manot! With a cookie cutter and already-prepared dough and filling, you get to skip the time-consuming part and jump right to the filling, baking and eating! Before you know it, you have freshly baked hamantaschen.
Because they are so easy and such a treat, they are one of my favorite Purim gifts to give. Last year I made them for a few people who I knew didn’t like to cook, but enjoyed the forming, decorating and eating aspect of it. They absolutely loved it and truly appreciated the unique idea.
To make these “Make Your Own Hamantaschen” Mishloach Manot even more festive, I placed the dough and filling in pretty little jars, wrapped them with purple and blue ribbon (colors I associate with Purim), and attached a simple label on it. It is a great project especially if you and your family love to cook. Your kids could help make the dough and decorate the jars.
This would also make a wonderful school project! The students can take home these essentials and bake them up with their family at home.
Happy hamantaschen baking!
- What you will need:
- Favorite hamantaschen dough (You can try mine HERE)
- Favorite filling
- 1 medium mason jar (depending on how much you are giving
- 1 small jam jar (depending on how much you are giving)
- Glue dots (you can find these at most craft stores)
- Purple ribbon
- Blue ribbon
- 1 circle cookie cutter
- 1 label
- Place your prepared hamantaschen dough in the medium jar. Place your filling in the small jar. Close both tightly with lids.
- Generously place the glue dots on the top of the medium jar, and place the small jar on top, pressing down firmly to stick. I placed my glue dots around the edge of the lid, where the jar and lid touch.
- Wrap the purple ribbon around the medium jar and tie a large bow in the front. Next, string the blue ribbon through the cookie cutter (I also wrapped the blue ribbon around the cookie cutter for more color and pizzaz), and tie it around the small jar, tying a knot in the back.
- Attach a label to the front with the title and who it’s to and from.
- If you are using a dairy or nut recipe, be sure to mention that in person and on the label as well!