Paper Hamantashen are almost good enough to eat!
Purim is just around the corner! We finally nailed down an idea for our mishloach manot and started buying supplies, and the kids decided on their costumes a while ago. But, I am not ready to start baking hamantashen just yet. And of course, the great filling debate. Call me a traditionalist, but I really like lekvar (prune jelly). Poppy – no thanks. Apricot and raspberry are good too, but when we use jelly, it always seems to ooze out the still-pinched corners. A friend recommended Solo pastry filling as a good alternative and I am going to scout out the store and give that a try this year. My husband’s family always used chocolate chips as fillings, but to me those end up dry because the chips don’t melt.
In order to push off the whole mess and debate, we made these fun paper hamantashen instead. If circles of dough fold to make a triangle, why not circles of paper? These are easily adaptable. We used our favorite dot paint to decorate the circles and pompoms as filling, but you could just as easily use crayons to decorate and crumpled tissue paper as fillings. Or honestly, you could go filling-free and just overlap the sides a little more.
These would adorable in mini, taped on to your Purim cards for mishloach manot!
3D Paper Hamantashen
Active: 15-20 minutes
Drying: 15 minutes+
Something with which to decorate the paper – paint, markers, crayons, etc.
Large or small pompoms
Decorate your paper in any way you want. Don’t worry about making a specific picture, jsut make it look colorful! We used dot paints but anything will work.
Draw or trace a circle on the page. We made our circle almost big enough to cover the whole page, but any size will work!
Glue a large pompom in the center of the back side of you circle. You can use just one, or group a few. We found that only a small amount shows through so one was really enough but the kids enjoyed gluing little pompoms on top of the bigger ones as well.
Fold in your corners like a real hamantashen! Use clear tape to hold the sides together.
And there you have it, a paper hamantash!
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