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Easy Dorm Room Hamantaschen for Purim

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Just a stay-at-home mother looking to make your life simpler.

Sadly, we don't always have the time to make hamantaschen in the traditional way!

Sadly, we don't always have the time to make hamantaschen in the traditional way!

What Are Hamantaschen?

Hamantaschen are sweet triangular pastries with filling that are traditionally eaten on the Jewish holiday of Purim. Historically, the most common type of hamantaschen contained a poppy seed filling, although in recent generations a sweet fruit jam or preserve-like filling has become popular, as well.

Shortcut Hamantaschen Recipe

For those raised in a traditional Jewish home, I know you are probably cringing right now. Don't start. I know! I realize that the idea of not making the Purim hamantaschen from scratch is far from ideal. I don't think anyone will deny that homemade is always best. It tastes better, and it is usually a bit healthier for us, too. Although considering the amount of sugar I use, I'm not always sure.

Sadly though, not all of us have the time, space, or energy, for that matter, to do it the right way. So, it's okay to look for ways to preserve our traditions while making life a bit simpler at the same time. And really, if we're being honest, don't we have a lot to do for Purim already?

So, Purim rolls around once again. With all the fun celebration, costumes, and family time, some might wonder what the shortcut is for making edible, but lower-effort hamantaschen. The answer is simple: pre-made Pillsbury Pie Crust.

Pillsbury makes cooking your hamantaschen a 15-minute job—which, when you think about it, is about how long it normally takes me just to gather the ingredients for a homemade recipe! So for me, this is a nice, quick, and easy hamantaschen recipe.

Pillsbury to the rescue! A non-traditional method.

Pillsbury to the rescue! A non-traditional method.


  • 1 (14-oz) box Pillsbury Pie Crust
  • Jam or preserves of your choice (I prefer homemade blueberry preserves)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Grease the aluminum foil on the cookie sheet.
  4. Unroll the Pillsbury Pie Crust.
  5. Cut the crust into small triangles.
  6. Add a spoonful of preserves to the middle of each triangle.
  7. Fold in the sides, like your mother taught you, making sure you pinch the corners well.
  8. Brush the crust with egg and sprinkle with sugar.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Simple and Fast for a Happy Purim

I said it was a dorm room recipe, right? I mean you can't get much simpler than this. You can even cook it in a toaster oven if you need to. Just be sure to keep an eye on it, as the cook time will fluctuate a bit.

This recipe won't give quite the same texture, but I guess if you are cheating your way through Purim recipes, you won't mind the difference. It's still delicious—and that's all that matters.

I hope this recipe frees up a bit of your time for something more important, like spending time with your family and loved ones.