Low-Fat, Delightful Hamantaschen Cookies Recipe

Get ready to indulge in a delightful treat that is not only low-fat but also packed with flavor. I’m excited to share my recipe for Low-Fat, Delightful Hamantaschen Cookies that are perfect for Purim or any occasion. These cookies are a healthier version of the traditional hamantaschen recipe without sacrificing taste or texture.

As a chef, I understand the importance of creating a recipe that is both delicious and nutritious. That’s why I’ve incorporated low-fat vanilla yogurt, banana, and sweet butter into the ingredients list. These ingredients work together to create a rich and buttery hamantaschen cookie dough that is irresistible.

Whether you’re looking for a low-fat alternative or just want to try something new, these hamantaschen cookies are perfect for you. This recipe is easy to follow, and the results are simply divine. Trust me; you won’t be able to stop at just one!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Low-Fat, Delightful Hamantaschen Cookies
Low-Fat, Delightful Hamantaschen Cookies

Are you looking for a healthier version of the traditional Hamantaschen cookies? Look no further! This Low-Fat, Delightful Hamantaschen Cookies Recipe is the perfect guilt-free treat for your Purim celebration. You’ll love this recipe because it’s not only delicious but also low in fat and calories.

The secret to this recipe is using low-fat vanilla yogurt instead of butter. It adds a creamy texture and a subtle sweetness to the dough, without adding extra calories. We also use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour, which is higher in fiber and nutrients, making it a healthier option.

But don’t worry, we didn’t compromise on taste! These cookies are still buttery, sweet, and tender, just like the traditional Hamantaschen. Plus, they are easy to make, and you don’t need any fancy equipment or skills.

So, whether you are looking for a healthier version of the traditional Hamantaschen or just want to try something new, this Low-Fat, Delightful Hamantaschen Cookies Recipe is for you. Trust me; your taste buds and your waistline will thank you.

Ingredient List

 These Hamantaschen cookies are the perfect treat for any occasion!
These Hamantaschen cookies are the perfect treat for any occasion!

Before starting with our delightful Hamantaschen Cookies recipe, make sure to get all the necessary ingredients in hand. This recipe calls for low-fat vanilla yogurt, eggs, banana, sweet butter, salt, baking powder, sugar, and flour.

Here’s the complete list of ingredients you will need:

  • 4 cups of flour (can use a mix of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of sweet butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 3-4 tbsp of low-fat vanilla yogurt

You can also use almond flour or gluten-free flour if you prefer. For the filling, you can use poppy seed, apricot, or any other flavor of your choice.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to sink your teeth into these delicious and low-fat cookies.
Get ready to sink your teeth into these delicious and low-fat cookies.

Now that we have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to put them to use and make some delicious Low-Fat, Delightful Hamantaschen Cookies. Follow my step-by-step guide to ensure perfect results every time.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

The first step in making the perfect Hamantaschen Cookies is to preheat the oven to 350°F. This will ensure that the cookies bake evenly and have the perfect texture.

Step 2: Combine the Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine 4 cups of flour, 2 tsp of baking powder, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Whisk together until the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Step 3: Combine the Wet Ingredients

In a separate mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt, 3 egg yolks, 2 tbsp of canola oil, 1/2 cup of sweet butter, and 1 ripe banana. Mash the banana and mix everything together until the ingredients are fully combined.

Step 4: Mix the Wet and Dry Ingredients

Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients, mixing everything together until a dough forms.

Step 5: Chill the Dough

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This will make it easier to roll out the dough and cut it into the desired shapes.

Step 6: Roll and Cut the Dough

After the dough has chilled, roll it out on a floured surface to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass to cut the dough into circles. Place a spoonful of your desired filling in the center of each circle.

Step 7: Shape the Cookies

To shape the Hamantaschen Cookies, fold the sides of the circle up to form a triangle, pinching the edges together to seal the filling inside.

Step 8: Bake the Cookies

Place the Hamantaschen Cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until they are golden brown.

Step 9: Cool the Cookies

Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Congratulations, you have just made a batch of Low-Fat, Delightful Hamantaschen Cookies! Serve them warm or at room temperature, and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

Substitutions and Variations

 Looking for a guilt-free dessert? These cookies are the answer!
Looking for a guilt-free dessert? These cookies are the answer!

One of the best things about this low-fat, delightful Hamantaschen cookies recipe is that it’s versatile and easily adaptable to different dietary restrictions and preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations you can make to suit your taste or dietary needs:

– Flour: You can use a combination of different flours to make the dough, such as whole wheat flour, almond flour, or gluten-free flour. You can also use a mix of all-purpose flour and baking powder to achieve similar results.

– Sweeteners: Instead of sugar, you can use a natural sweetener like honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup. If you prefer a sweeter taste, add more sweetener to the dough.

– Filling: The traditional filling for Hamantaschen cookies is poppy seed or apricot jam, but you can use any fruit preserve or spread you like, such as raspberry, blueberry, or chocolate spread. You can also experiment with savory fillings like cheese or pesto.

– Butter: Instead of sweet butter, you can use unsalted butter or canola oil for a healthier alternative.

– Eggs: If you’re allergic to eggs or follow a vegan diet, you can use egg substitutes like mashed banana or applesauce. For each egg, use 1/4 cup of mashed banana or applesauce.

– Yogurt: If you don’t have low-fat vanilla yogurt on hand, you can use plain Greek yogurt or sour cream instead.

– Powdered sugar: Instead of powdered sugar for dusting, you can use cinnamon or cocoa powder for a different flavor.

With these substitutions and variations, you can make Hamantaschen cookies that suit your dietary needs or preferences while still enjoying the buttery, cookie-like texture and delicious filling. Whether you’re making them for Purim or just for a sweet treat, these cookies are sure to delight your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 These cookies are so easy to make, even beginner bakers can do it.
These cookies are so easy to make, even beginner bakers can do it.

Once your low-fat, delightful hamantaschen cookies are baked and cooled, it’s time to serve and enjoy! These cookies are perfect for Purim celebrations or any other occasion that calls for a sweet treat.

These cookies go well with a hot cup of coffee or tea. The subtle banana flavor pairs well with a warm cup of chamomile tea, adding a soothing and calming effect. You can also pair these cookies with a glass of cold milk, which balances the sweetness of the cookie dough.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing these cookies with a glass of red wine. The fruity notes in the wine complement the banana and vanilla flavors of the cookies.

For a fun twist, you can also serve these cookies with a scoop of low-fat vanilla yogurt or a dollop of whipped cream. The creamy texture of the yogurt or whipped cream adds a nice contrast to the slightly crumbly texture of the cookie dough.

To elevate the presentation of your hamantaschen cookies, dust them with powdered sugar or drizzle them with a homemade glaze. You can also top them with your favorite nut or fruit for added flavor and texture.

No matter how you choose to serve these cookies, they are sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them. They are perfect for sharing with friends and family or enjoying as a sweet treat on your own.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Your taste buds will thank you for trying these delightful cookies.
Your taste buds will thank you for trying these delightful cookies.

Making hamantaschen cookies ahead of time can save you a lot of time and effort. The good news is that this low-fat, delightful hamantaschen cookie dough can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 2 months. This means that you can prepare the dough in advance and bake it whenever you’re ready to serve.

To store the baked cookies, make sure they have cooled completely and then store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. If you want to store them for a longer period of time, consider freezing them. Place the cookies in a freezer-safe bag or container and store them for up to 2 months.

When reheating the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the cookies on a baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until they are heated through. You can also microwave the cookies for 10-15 seconds, but keep in mind that microwaving may cause them to become slightly softer.

One tip to keep in mind when reheating hamantaschen cookies is to avoid reheating them too many times. Reheating them multiple times can cause them to dry out and lose their flavor. So, it’s best to reheat them only once, and to make sure they are not overheated.

With these make-ahead, storing and reheating tips, you can easily prepare a batch of delicious hamantaschen cookies ahead of time and enjoy them whenever you want.

Tips for Perfect Results

 This recipe is a sweet twist on a traditional Jewish treat.
This recipe is a sweet twist on a traditional Jewish treat.

Now that you have the recipe for these low-fat, delightful hamantaschen cookies, let’s talk about how to make sure they come out perfectly every time. Here are some tips for success:

1. Don’t overwork the dough: Once you’ve mixed the dough, it’s important not to overwork it. Overworking the dough can make it tough and dry. Mix it just until it comes together and then stop.

2. Chill the dough: Chilling the dough is important for two reasons. First, it allows the dough to firm up, which makes it easier to roll out. Second, it helps the cookies keep their shape while baking. Chill the dough for at least an hour before rolling it out.

3. Use flour sparingly: It’s important to use flour when rolling out the dough, but use it sparingly. Too much flour can make the cookies dry and tough. Use just enough to keep the dough from sticking to the rolling pin and work surface.

4. Use the right amount of filling: Overfilling the cookies can cause them to burst open while baking. Use about a teaspoon of filling for each cookie, depending on the size of your circles.

5. Seal the edges well: It’s important to seal the edges of the cookies well to prevent the filling from leaking out. Pinch the edges firmly together so they stay sealed during baking.

6. Don’t overbake: These cookies can go from perfectly baked to overbaked in a matter of seconds, so keep a close eye on them. They should be lightly golden on the edges, but still pale on top. Remove them from the oven as soon as they’re done.

7. Cool completely before storing: It’s important to let the cookies cool completely before storing them. Storing them while they’re still warm can cause condensation to form, which can make them soggy.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make perfect low-fat, delightful hamantaschen cookies every time.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this low-fat, delightful Hamantaschen cookies recipe is a great addition to any Purim celebration or any other occasion that calls for a delicious treat. With its healthier ingredients, such as low-fat vanilla yogurt, banana, and whole wheat flour, you can indulge in these cookies without feeling guilty about it.

This recipe is also versatile and can be adapted to suit your preferences by trying different fillings or using gluten-free or vegan options. Plus, the tips and recommendations provided in this article will help you achieve perfect results every time.

So, whether you’re looking for a traditional Hamantaschen recipe or a healthier alternative, this recipe has got you covered. Give it a try and impress your family and friends with these buttery and flavorful cookies. You won’t be disappointed!

Low-Fat, Delightful Hamantaschen Cookies Recipe

These cookies are traditionally made for the Jewish holiday of Purim, and the traditional filling is made of prunes or poppy seeds. However, I’ve found these are tremendously popular anytime, and can be spiffed up by using any kind of jelly, jam or preserves as filling. This recipe is lower in fat than my normal recipe (for the full-fat version, replace the banana with another stick of butter and the low-fat yogurt with sour cream).

Enjoy! I always get lots of great comments on these.

  • 3 1/2-4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sweet butter, cut up
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 pint low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • jelly or preserves, for filling
  1. You really need to do this with clean bare hands (or gloves, if you prefer)–mash the butter and banana into all the dry ingredients in a large bowl until the mixture is crumblike.
  2. Smush in the egg yolks and yogurt. If it’s very sticky, add more flour a bit at a time until it is a good, doughy texture.
  3. Divide it into four parts and stick them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
  4. When you take out the first part, transfer the others to the fridge.
  5. Roll the first part flat, but not too thin.
  6. Flour the rim of a drinking glass and use it to punch out circles of dough, placing them on a greased cookie sheet.
  7. Put a spoonful of filling in the center of each circle and squish up the edges in the shape of a triangle, leaving some of the filling exposed in the middle.
  8. Brush the dough with the egg whites and bake at 350º for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Repeat this process with the other three sections of dough.
  10. Remove from cookie sheets, let cool on a wire rack and enjoy.
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