Crazy March Days
A few days ago my husband and I celebrated our anniversary. We talked about what we should do and where we should have our special dinner, the final decision was to relax with a movie and take out food. We happily toasted our 34 years together with a vanilla milkshake and caramel frappe.
This winter has been so long and cold that even winter sports have been out of the question. The kids are getting fed up with it. Therefore, it was decided to celebrate my 2 grandsons birthdays together at an indoor water park. The whole family went, and the kids had a fantastic time. Since it is in a hotel I couldn’t serve them birthday cake, so I made everyone chocolate and vanilla cupcakes to take home.
St Patrick’s Day followed. My daughter has decided that she has enough Irish blood in her veins to make it necessary to celebrate St Paddy’s Day every year. She really doesn’t have much but, I’m always up for an excuse to have a party and cook good food. It was my first time making Irish Whisky Cake. I will post some of the recipes in the blog I am soon going to write about Irish food.
Depending on the Jewish calendar, March is often the month that the festival of Purim is celebrated. It commemorates the story of Queen Esther and her role in saving the Jewish people in the Babylonian times. You can read about it in the book of Esther, in the Bible. The kids get dressed up in costumes on Purim, give gifts to each other filled with candy and cookies, and the book of Esther is read in the synagogues. The special cookie made on this holiday is called “Osne Haman” or “Haman’s Ears”. He was the villain in the story, who met his demise by being hung by his ears. Sounds kind of gruesome I know, but the cookies are really good! I’m going to share the recipe with you today. Hope you like it!
Osne Haman ~ Nutella Filled Purim Cookies
5 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 Tbsp. Cognac (or I use 2 Tbsp water and 1 Tbsp rum flavoring)
1 small container of Nutella
In a mixer, beat the eggs until lemon-colored. Beat in the sugar, oil, and Cognac. Gradually stir in 4-4 1/2 cups of flour, till a soft dough is formed. Grease hands and make a small ball out of the dough. Wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for 2-3 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface, about 1/4″ thick. Cut the dough into circles with a 3″ diameter cookie cutter or you can use a glass, and put about 2 tsps. of Nutella or any other kind of filling you might like, into the center of each round. Pinch the bottom of the circle tightly and shape top, leaving the filling in the center exposed.
Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for about 20 minutes, until lightly browned. After they cool off a little bit, I like to sprinkle powdered sugar on mine.