Rainbow Tahini Cheesecake Hamantaschen

These bright and beautiful hamantaschen will be a whimsical and scrumptious addition to your Purim table. The fun colors are made using all natural plant-based ingredients (I love the superfood powders by Suncore Foods), so you can be assured that what you’re eating is just as healthy as it is attractive when eaten in moderation. Of course, that’s easier said than done! The crumbly cookie base is irresistibly short and the fun colors will appeal to kids and adults alike. Finally, the subtle tahini notes in the creamy cheesecake filling give a distinctly Israeli flavor. Although we are currently enduring a worldwide pandemic and cannot safely be together to celebrate Purim this year, this recipe will most certainly be one to bust out for years to come to really impress your friends and family. In the meantime, there’s more for you!

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Add the egg yolks, stick of butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium for about 30 seconds to a minute. Add the flour and a dash of kosher salt and combine using a spatula until it forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap or beeswax cloths and place in the refrigerator for an hour (or up to 5 days) to chill.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, remaining butter, granular sugar, and a dash of salt on medium-low until combined. Add the tahini and beat again until combined.

Portion the filling mixture into 6 small bowls. In a blender, blend the parsley with the water until pureed. Pour into a small bowl. Add the pink pitaya powder to one of the filling bowls and stir until combined to a pretty pink. Take the next small filling bowl and add the carrot and beet powders, and stir well to make the orange filling. Repeat this with the turmeric, blue spirulina, and ube (or purple sweet potato) powders to make the yellow, blue, and purple fillings.

Take the last small filling bowl, and add a small amount of the pureed parsley using a toothpick. Stir well, and add more if you want more pigment. Repeat this process little by little until you reach your desired shade of green.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Section the dough ball into 4 pieces and roll one out using a rolling pin. Using a 2½-3″ round cookie cutter, cut out round pieces of dough. Repeat this with the rest of the dough.

Add ½ tsp of one filling to the middle of each cookie and then lift up 3 sides and pinch the corners, forming the hamantaschen. Repeat this process using all of the fillings and cookies.

Arrange your hamantaschen onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet (they will only expand slightly, so while you don’t want to crowd them, you also don’t need to give them tons of wiggle room). Brush milk onto the cookie sides and corners. Bake for 8 minutes, or until the corners begin to turn golden brown.

Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Rainbow Tahini Cheesecake Hamantaschen

Becca Gallick-Mitchell
An irresistibly short, crumbly cookie with creamy tahini cheesecake filling in whimsical colors made using all plant-based ingredients.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Chilling/Cooling Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 38 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Israeli, Jewish
Servings 25 Hamantaschen (approximately)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp Tahini
  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 stick + 1½ tsp unsalted butter (the best quality you can get, because it will flavor your shortbread cookie base), at room temperature, cubed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • cups flour, sifted
  • 2 dashes kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp milk, to brush onto the sides before baking
  • 1 tsp pink pitaya (dragonfruit) powder, sifted through a sieve
  • 1 tsp carrot powder, sifted through a sieve
  • ¼ tsp beet powder, sifted through a sieve
  • tsp turmeric
  • 1 small bunch parsley (3-4 stems with leaves)
  • ½ cup water
  • tsp blue spirulina powder
  • ½ tsp ube (purple sweet potato) powder

Instructions
 

  • Add the egg yolks, stick of butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium for about 30 seconds to a minute. Add the flour and a dash of kosher salt and combine using a spatula until it forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap or beeswax cloths and place in the refrigerator for an hour (or up to 5 days) to chill.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, remaining butter, granular sugar, and a dash of salt on medium-low until combined. Add the tahini and beat again until combined. Portion the filling mixture into 6 small bowls.
  • In a blender, blend the parsley with the water until pureed. Pour into a small bowl. Add the pink pitaya powder to one of the filling bowls and stir until combined to a pretty pink. Take the next small filling bowl and add the carrot and beet powders, and stir well to make the orange filling. Repeat this with the turmeric, blue spirulina, and ube (or purple sweet potato) powders to make the yellow, blue, and purple fillings. Take the last small filling bowl, and add a small amount of the pureed parsley using a toothpick. Stir well, and add more if you want more pigment. Repeat this process little by little until you reach your desired shade of green.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Section the dough ball into 4 pieces and roll one out using a rolling pin. Using a 2½-3" round cookie cutter, cut out round pieces of dough. Repeat this with the rest of the dough.
  • Add ½ tsp of one filling to the middle of each cookie and then lift up 3 sides and pinch the corners, forming the hamantaschen. Repeat this process using all of the fillings and cookies.
  • Arrange your hamantaschen onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet (they will only expand slightly, so while you don't want to crowd them, you also don't need to give them tons of wiggle room). Brush milk onto cookie sides and corners. Bake for 8 minutes, or until the corners begin to turn golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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