Purim is a Jewish celebration in March commemorating a time in history when the Jews escaped genocide. This story, found in the Book of Esther, tells the story of a Jewish Queen (her faith was unknown to the king) who had the courage to confront the king to share her faith and this evil plot that was set in place by his vizier Haman. Ultimately, the lives of the Jewish people were spared and Haman was executed for his deceit. Please read the full story in Esther and share this Shalom Sesame video with your kiddos.

Our Family's Favorite Hamantaschen Recipe

2/3 C butter or margarine
1/2 C sugar
1 egg
1/4 C orange juice
1 C white flour
1 C wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
various preserves or pie filling
Blend butter and sugar thoroughly, add the egg and OJ one at a time blending completely in between each ingredient. Add white and wheat flour 1/2 C at a time and alternating between the two (1/2C white, blend; 1/2 C wheat, blend; 1/2C white, etc), add the baking powder with the last 1/2 C of flour.  Refrigerate dough overnight. Roll out dough between two pieces of parchment paper, using flour to keep from sticking. Try to get an even 1/16" thick piece of dough and use a 3-4" circle cutter to cut out cookies. Put a dollop of fruit butter/preserves in the center and fold sides as shown above. Make sure each side has one end tucked in so it does not peel back during cooking. 





Cook in 350 degree over for 15-20 minutes. Should make 20-24 cookies.