Jessie Oleson

Peanut Butter Hamantaschen

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Stop! Hamantaschen time. This is a popular treat at Purim, a Jewish holiday commemorated on March 16 this year, but it tastes so good it should be made all year round! Inspired by the look of a tricorner hat, these chapeau-shaped cookies are folded over the top to reveal the filling enclosed within. Although fillings such as apricot, poppyseed, or prune are most traditional, they work beautifully with peanut butter (I favor the gentle honey-kissed flavor of The Bee’s Knees) and, if you like, with jelly too. While they might resemble a danish, one bite will tell you they’re really all cookie: falling somewhere between crumbly on the edges and delectably chewy where the filling meets the dough. This is an adaptation of a recipe for traditional Hamantaschen I found on the website, Cupcake Project.

Prep time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Yield: 24-36 cookies, depending on size

Peanut Butter Hamantaschen


Peanut Butter Hamantaschen Ingredients

3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup butter, room temperature
3 eggs
1 jar Bee’s Knees peanut butter
1 jar Seriously Strawberry Jam (optional)


1. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter, mix in the butter and eggs.

2. Divide the dough and form into two flattened disks. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Chilled Dough Peanut Butter

3. At the end of the chilling time, preheat the oven to 400°F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper; set to the side.

4. Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick.

5. Use approximately 3-inch cookie cutters or the rim of a glass to cut out circles. Gather and re-roll the scraps until you’ve used all of the dough.

6. Set each round on the cookie sheet with about 1 inch around on all sides.

7. Place about 1 tablespoon of The Bee’s Knees in the center of each round of dough. Be sure to leave space on all sides. I found it was also helpful to lightly flatten the dollop of peanut butter using the back of a spoon (it makes folding the dough easier in a couple of steps).

8. Add a dollop of jelly on top, if you’d like to make a PB&J version.

Dough with PB&J

9. Fold the dough once on the left, once on the right, and once from the bottom up–and you will have a triangle. Magic! Make sure the dough is not merely pinched together, but actually overlaps (this will keep it stay sealed during baking). To ensure that a seal is made, lightly wet your fingers while folding over the dough.

Fold 1

Fold 2

Fold 3

10. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until just golden around the edges. Let cool on the sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Finished Hamantaschen


Jessie uses The Bee’s Knees and strawberry jam PB&G combo in these Hamantaschen cookies. What other Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter combos do you think would be tasty inside these treats?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of The Bee’s Knees peanut butter and Seriously Strawberry Jam.


– The giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, March 17, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.
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68 Responses to Peanut Butter Hamantaschen

  1. Kristi says:

    Dark and white chocolate

  2. Cathy Bradford says:

    Cinnamon Raisin Swirl and Gorgeous Grape Jelly

  3. Kathleen L says:

    Crunch Time and Rip-Roaring Raspberry Preserves

  4. carole jacobs says:

    Love the recipe and will try it. My favorite of Peanut Butter & Company is the Bee’s Knees

  5. Laurie Miller says:

    White Chocolate Wonderful and Strawberry jam, the perfect combo!

  6. Alaina says:

    I think the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl all by itself would be perfect in this recipe as it already has the delicious sweet raisins to compliment the cinnamon bursting peanut butter!! Yum!!

  7. Lynne T. says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams and Raspberry Jam.

  8. tom sides says:

    peanut butter and honey

  9. chris conanan says:

    peanut butter and maple syrup

  10. Jessica says:

    Dark chocolate Dreams and Fluff.

  11. Cara says:

    A few chocolate chips on top of some Heat Is On peanut butter

  12. Vicki Jankowski says:

    I would use the Dark Chocolate dreams with Orange marmalade

  13. rana durham says:

    Mighty maple peanut butter and strawberry jam.

  14. Gaby says:

    White chocolate and dried figs, in a vegan dough too 🙂

  15. Sarah says:

    Dark chocolate dreams and fluff or marshmallows would be yummy! Or cinnamon raisin swirl with some extra raisins or a banana slice mmmmmm

  16. Kathy M says:

    I make traditional Hamantaschen all the time and never thought to use Peanut Butter & Co. as a filling, so I will try Cinnamon Raisin Swirl next time…..sounds delicious!

  17. Anthony Markham says:

    I think The Heat is On with a bit of peach preserves would be a nice complement.

  18. Carolyn Jackson says:

    Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter with locally produced clover honey!

  19. Bethany Forrester says:

    Cinnamon Raisin Swirl!

  20. tara pittman says:

    white chocolate

  21. Linda says:

    Cinnamon Raisin Swirl & Walnuts

  22. Sand says:

    White chocolate wonderful!

  23. Rebecca says:

    The Heat Is On with Awesome Apricot Preserves…mmmm

  24. Aja Frost says:

    The Bee’s Knees, real honey, and banana slices!!

  25. Cheryl says:

    White Chocolate Wonderful & Rip Roaring Raspberry

  26. Julie says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams & Rip-Roaring Raspberry Preserves

  27. Dave says:

    Dark chocolate dreams and raspberry jam. yumminess

  28. Kelsey says:

    Mighty Maple with a drizzle of honey!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Sara S says:

    Mighty Maple with some cinnamon

  30. Alexi says:

    I would combine dark chocolate dreams and white chocolate wonderful! yum!

  31. Linda F says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams and Cherry Jelly

  32. Natalie says:

    white chocolate wonderful mixed with blueberry jam

  33. Heather says:

    Smooth Operator & Rip-Roaring Raspberry Preserves. Need to make these! Love peanut butter so much.

  34. Makayla says:

    Dark chocolate Dreams and shredded coconut!

  35. Karen says:

    mighty maple with dates~

  36. karen says:

    white chocolate wonderful with apricot jam sounds pretty good

  37. Katie says:

    Dark chocolate dreams and salted caramel sauce…yum!

  38. Francisco says:

    Cinnamon Raisin Swirl and Gorgeous Grape

  39. Steve says:

    The Heat is On PB with coconut manna!

  40. Betty Kantrowitz says:

    I would use White Chocolate wonderful with marshmallow fluff for the filling.

  41. Melissa says:

    Rip-Roaring Raspberry Preserves & Dark Chocolate Dreams

  42. Erin R. says:

    Maybe a honey roasted peanut on top of the peanut butter.

  43. Dana E says:

    I’m with Cara –
    The Heat is On, thinned out with a touch of hot sauce – but I don’t need the chocolate chips.

  44. Amy P says:

    white chocolate wonderful and apricot preserves

  45. Jessica says:

    Apricot and white chocolate wonderful!

  46. Barbara says:

    Crunch Time and peach preserves!!

  47. Kelli says:

    I’d use Dark Chocolate Dream & Old Fashioned Crunchy.

  48. nik says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams and mashed figs or dates. 🙂

  49. Jennifer says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams and Rip Roaring Raspberry Preserves

  50. Tonya butler says:

    Ohhhh, it’s a toss up,
    Either I would use dark chocolate dreams & marshmallow
    Old fashion crunch & a banana slice 🙂

  51. Ashley says:

    Gorgeous Grape and Crunch Time!

  52. Abby says:

    Smooth Operator and Marshmallow Fluff!

  53. Liz S. says:

    White Chocolate Wonderful and Seriously Strawberry

  54. Sadie B. says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams and strawberry! Yummy!!

  55. Julie Pearl says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams and candied ginger pieces

  56. Amber says:

    Oh my! Just about any combo would go down my gullet, but since I must pick, apricot jam and the Bee’s Knees.

  57. Toiaya Crawford says:

    White Chocolate Wonder & Marshmallow Fluff

  58. Tara Pridy says:

    Maple and add a little bit of crisped bacon (but don’t take to real Purim parties)

  59. Phyllis says:

    Anything with Dark Chocolate Dreams! 🙂

  60. Danielle Murgia says:

    Cinnamon Raisin and some dark chocolate chips!

  61. Angeli says:

    I love white chocolate wonderful and seriously strawberry! 🙂

  62. Mindy Trotta says:

    White Chocolate Wonderful and Ginger

  63. Randi Kottler says:

    I just made some with Dark Chocolate Dreams in them. YUMMY!!!!! Chocolate and peanut butter….there is nothing better than that.

  64. wendy r. says:

    Dark Chocolate dreams with salted caramel!

  65. Farhana Rahman (@FarhanaRahman) says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams with swirls of White Chocolate Wonder. Mmmm!

  66. Julie Cover says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams and Rip Roaring Raspberry!! Yummy!!!!!

  67. Kit says:

    Dark chocolate dreams and awesome apricot.

  68. Angela Saver says:

    I think Smooth Operator & Awesome Apricot Preserves would make a great combination!

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Peanut Butter Hamantaschen