Purim is such a fun festival and the perfect time for making Hamantaschen. Since so many of you have nut allergies I've created these Nut-Free Chocolate Hamantaschen. Like all of my recipes, these Purim cookies are also gluten-free and grain-free.
It took some time to perfect these Hamantachen and we're so happy with the result. Making gluten-free cookies without grains, nuts, butter, and sugar is not an easy challenge! While I typically use almond flour to make cookies, here I use coconut flour.
This is a very dense flour that is highly absorbent and soaks up tons of liquid and fat. In my experience, coconut flour yields fantastic muffins, cakes, as well as other fluffy baked goods. I also have this nut-free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe made with coconut flour.
First, this dough yields a cookie that is more flaky and crispy than typical Hamantaschen. Second, I've created a double chocolate Hamantaschen cookie. I have other Hamantaschen recipes below that use the traditional fruit paste or jam filling. Since we were in an extra decadent mood I created a chocolate filling that pairs exquisitely with the chocolate cookie exterior.
Because this recipe uses coconut flour these traditional Jewish cookies are best cooled for 3-4 hours, then stored in an air tight container on the counter for 48 hours. If you wish to keep them for longer, place that air tight container in the fridge for up to one week. Baked goods made with coconut flour will get very dry if you leave them out becoming inedible. In contrast, I store my almond flour cookies uncovered on the counter also for up to 48 hours.
Here is a quick video tutorial on how to make Hamantaschen. It will be of great help for those of you that have not ever made these Purim cookies, and also offer some nifty shortcuts to more experienced hamantaschen creators!
If you are on an egg-free diet and this nut-free Hamantaschen recipe using coconut flour and eggs does not work with your food allergies or dietary restrictions, I recommend trying one of my egg-free Hamantaschen recipes.
Here are my other gluten-free Purim cookie recipes, perfect for your gift baskets, or Shalach Manos. Purim gift baskets are also referred to as Mischloach Manot, Michloach Manos, and other combinations of Yiddish and Hebrew that I learned when I lived in Jerusalem. Chag Purim!