Hamentaschen for Purim

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012 - 5:22 am

2/3 cup sugar 
6 T. stick margarine or butter, softened 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/4 cup (2 ounces) block-style fat-free cream cheese 
1 large egg 
2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 1/2 tsp bakign powder 
1/4 tsp salt 
Any jam, choc chips, cookie crumbs with jam, rum balls, crushed nuts with jam, prune butter     

 To prepare dough, combine first four ingredients in a large bowl; beat at med speed of a mixer for two minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs beaten on high speed for 1 minute or until very smooth. Add flour, baking powder and salt, beating at low speed just until flour mixture is moist. Chill 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400. Divide dough in half. Shape each ball of dough into a log. Cut each log into 10 - 1 inch slices. Place on tray lined with wax paper. Flatten each to a 3 1/2 in circle. Spoon 1 level spoon filling into center of each. Fold dough over filling to form a triangel and pinch edges together to seal. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 20 pastries.

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