Apricot Hamantaschen (Apricot Pocket Cookies)


These classic cookies inspired by the Jewish cookies Hamantaschen are traditionally served during the Jewish holiday Purim. The gluten-free cookies are sweetened up with an apricot spread.

Apricot Pocket Cookies (Hamantaschen)
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 42 mins


  • 2 cup dried apricots (two 6-ounce packages)

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest

  • 3 ½ cup almond meal*

  • cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Soak the apricots. Place the apricots in a medium bowl. Add boiling water to cover and set aside to soak for 1 hour.

  2. Mix the dough. Whisk together the eggs, 1 cup of the sugar, lemon zest and orange zest in a large bowl, whisking until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is creamy and foamy. Stir the almond meal into the egg mixture, stirring together with a wooden spoon until combined and a dough forms. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

  3. Make the filling. Drain the apricots in a colander, stirring to eliminate the surface water, and then blot dry on paper towels. Transfer them to a chopping board or bowl and finely chop. Mix the apricots, walnuts if using, and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl, stirring until well combined.

  4. Make the cookies. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Pinch off walnut-size pieces of dough, roll into balls, and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet, pressing a hollow into the center of each with your thumb. Fill the hollows generously with the apricot filling and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Transfer the cookies from the baking sheet to wire racks to cool. (Chill any remaining filling up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month.)


Use a purchased product or place 14 ounces blanched almonds in a food processor and process until finely ground.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
13g Fat
21g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Potassium 47mg 1%
Folate, total 3.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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