Chocolate Stout Hamantaschen for Purim & St. Paddy’s Day

24 February 2017

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Almost a year ago I wrote on this very blog that I would not bake hamantaschen for you.  I had been too intimidated, citing reasons founded in my childhood for why I refused to bake.  Yet, here I am posting a recipe for an excellent Chocolate Stout Hamantaschen.  What gives?

chocolate stout hamantaschen for purim

In the past year, a lot has changed.  I have finished a whole college school year, the then-fiance became the now-husband, and I have had a lot of time to read.  Specifically, I’ve been reading a lot about baking.  I’ve been experimenting and tasting.  Trying to break that mystery which has eluded me for so long and–finally!–I broke through.  I can’t tell you when I exactly reached that a-ha! moment, only that I did.  And thanks to that breakthrough, the recipe I’m sharing with you today now exists.

Two Spring Holidays | Two Cultures

Being both Irish and Jewish, the proximity of the Purim holiday with St. Paddy’s day has been convenient. Both festivals give alcohol a strong supporting role.  Both require merriment and good food.  They’re both Spring holidays, perhaps with very different origins, but similar celebrations.


As a Jew, Purim is probably my favorite holiday.  It’s joyous and fun, whether you imbibe or you choose to simply dress up.  Our synagogue, like so many others, throws a huge party.  We always have a theme (this year it’s Marvel) and members dress up either in theme or in whatever costume tickles their fancy that year.  We listen to the story of Esther, jeering at the part of Haman and cheering for Mordechai.  All the while, we drink. We drink until we can no longer distinguish the Hamans from the Mordechais.  And we Uber ourselves to avoid DUIs.

St. Paddy’s Day

As an Irish woman, St. Paddy’s Day is my only holiday.  In fact, people without any known Irish heritage can be found wearing shirts and pins advertising, “Kiss me I’m Irish.”  It’s similarly a joyous holiday, centered around a lot of drinking.  People drink green beer, eat “Irish” foods, and dress up in green.

Chocolate Stout Hamantaschen

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This chocolate stout hamantaschen recipe attempts to bring the two holidays together.  Guinness is incorporated into our standard chocolate ganache filling to give the Jewish cookie some Irish flair.  The dough is sweet and distinctly chocolate-y while the filling takes on a more bittersweet taste.

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  1. Cut room temperature butter into large chunks and place into a mixing bowl. Add sugar and brown sugar. Using electric hand mixers or a stand mixer, mix until creamed. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until fluffy and mixed through. Set aside.
  2. In another mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Mix. Add to butter mixture and allow to mix until it gathers into a ball. If the dough is too crumbly, add 1/4 cup of water at a time until it comes together.
  3. With clean hands, knead well until soft and form into a disc. Wrap with saran wrap and chill in your fridge for about 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare your ganache filing by adding your chopped chocolate into a heat-safe bowl.
  5. In a small saucepan, add the cream and Guinness and bring to a boil. Pour boiling mixture over the chocolate.
  6. Stir the chocolate until well mixed and add the butter. Stir again until butter is melted and mixed in.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease two baking sheets.
  8. Remove dough from fridge and seperate into quarters.
  9. Place dough between two sheets of parchament and with a rolling pin, roll out until about 1/8 inch thick.
  10. With a small round cookie cutter, cut as many circles as possible out of each quarter dough ball. Line the circles up on your baking sheets.
  11. After all your circles are complete, spoon a small (about 1/2 teaspoon) dollop of ganache into the center of each and fold each circle into little triangles.
  12. Pinch all the corners of your triangles to ensure they are tight, then move to the oven to bake for about 10-12 minutes.
  13. Remove the sheets from the oven when done, and move the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
  14. Store at room temperature for 3-5 days or wrap tightly and freeze for up to 3 months.

How about you?  Does your family celebrate any hybrid holidays?

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  • Reply Amber 25 February 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Ooo I love chocolate so I’d give this a taste. It looks so delicious.

    • Reply Chava 27 February 2017 at 1:20 pm

      If you love chocolate, then I’m certain you’d find this satisfies your cravings! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Reply Robin Ross-Fleming at 26 February 2017 at 8:51 am

    This looks like a spectacular cookie to enjoy….. I love how you were able to combine two cultures into one experience, so creative!

    • Reply Chava 27 February 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you, it was a fun recipe to create!

  • Reply Chloe 26 February 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Ooo these look so yummy, you did a fantastic job! I might have to give these a whirl for good ole St Paddys day

    • Reply Chava 27 February 2017 at 1:24 pm

      I hope you do! They’re not the easiest cookie I’ve ever made, but they sure were worth it.

  • Reply andrea 26 February 2017 at 7:54 pm

    You had me at stout! These look amazing I so going to make these for our St Patrick’s Day party

    • Reply Chava 27 February 2017 at 1:24 pm

      I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one who swoons for stout!

  • Reply Blair Villanueva 27 February 2017 at 4:08 am

    I love chocolates too! Can you add a little of alcohol in the ingredients (for adult consumption)?

    • Reply girlfromgirlintherapy 27 February 2017 at 6:20 am

      Yes, she added 1/2 cup Guinness stout in there – so yes, it has alcohol! 🙂

      • Reply Chava 27 February 2017 at 1:25 pm

        Thanks for clarifying, girl! Blair, you could also substitute the stout filling for one featuring Irish cream or whiskey if you desire. The filling is open for interpretation!

  • Reply girlfromgirlintherapy 27 February 2017 at 6:24 am

    The Hamantaschen is really interesting!! The shape reminds me of an Indian samosa, a flattish version that is. We celebrate St Paddy’s here too; maybe I can talk to Irish friends about your creation 🙂

    • Reply Chava 27 February 2017 at 1:26 pm

      It does look a lot like samosa now that you point it out. That actually has me inspired…perhaps I should do a savory Indian twist on the hamantaschen next year!

  • Reply Kristin 27 February 2017 at 9:19 am

    This looks so good. I’ve never been a huge Guinness fan but just looking at it looks delicious. I also feel like the chocolate might offset some of that 🙂

    • Reply Chava 27 February 2017 at 1:28 pm

      The Guinness just adds a a note of a bit of a nuttiness to the filling. It doesn’t taste like beer at all. The chocolate is definitely the star.

  • Reply Criselle Anne 27 February 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I’m not really a great cook or baker. I do love doing it but I need a lot of practice. Though, I always love the idea of baking, specially with a chocolate recipe. I wonder what it tastes like with alcohol? But it looks yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  • Reply waitingforrain28 27 February 2017 at 4:36 pm

    I am not a big fan of chocolate stout, at all. But this looks really really delicious. Guess I will have to give it a second try.

    • Reply chavamazal 27 February 2017 at 4:37 pm

      You’re not alone! I think it’s really divisive as far as beer goes. Alternatively, you could leave it out–it would make for an extra chocolatey cookie! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Reply Heather 27 February 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I am so looking forward to making these, Chava. My husband keeps asking what day they’re happening on ever since I pointed out this recipe to him – LOL! Can’t wait!!

    • Reply Chava 1 March 2017 at 10:54 am

      That’s great to hear, Heather! If you do try them out, I’d love to hear how they worked out for you.

  • Reply westviamidwest 27 February 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I love clever ideas and your combining two cultures in this recipe is such a great idea!!

    • Reply Chava 1 March 2017 at 10:55 am

      Thank you! It was fun to experiment and give honor to both sides of my heritage.

  • Reply Krysti Jaims 27 February 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Wow this looks so delicious! I have Irish heritage so I might just have to give these a go myself for St Patrick’s Day!

    • Reply Chava 1 March 2017 at 10:56 am

      If you do, I’d love to hear how it works out. I hope you have a wonderful St. Paddy’s Day!

  • Reply karyld2016 28 February 2017 at 6:54 am

    I’ve never heard of Hamantaschen until this post! It looks soooo delicious. I’m not a big fan of Guiness to drink, because it’s too heavy. But I would think that Guiness and chocolate is a heavenly combination.

    • Reply Chava 1 March 2017 at 10:57 am

      I’m with you on Guinness, although I do drink it from time to time. We loved the combination!

  • Reply Elaine @ Dishes Delish 1 March 2017 at 10:41 am

    This looks fabulous. I have never heard of Hamantaschen but I will be eating it soon. Wonderful recipe!

    • Reply Chava 1 March 2017 at 10:58 am

      AH, I love your blog Elaine! Such amazing looking cocktails! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Reply Chava 1 March 2017 at 11:00 am

      p.s., just subscribed to you!

  • Reply Dominique| Perchance to Cook 2 March 2017 at 10:37 am

    So yummm! And so unique! I just pinned these!

    • Reply Chava 2 March 2017 at 10:40 am

      Thank you, I’m checking out your site too. I LOVE your logo!!!

  • Reply Tina 2 March 2017 at 6:12 pm

    How clever! These look delicious, nice story, thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Chava 5 March 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you for checking it out!

  • Reply Michelle | The Last Food Blog 4 March 2017 at 6:28 am

    Hi Chava, I love the way you have mixed the two holidays into one lovely cookie, it’s really inspired! I’m not Jewish but I am Irish, born and bred, and I will definitely add these to our St Patrick’s Day celebrations 🙂

    • Reply Chava 5 March 2017 at 6:25 pm

      So nice to meet you, Michelle!

  • Reply Sue Ringsdorf 5 March 2017 at 10:15 am

    This looks so delicious! I love the idea of beer in dessert!! Cuz I love beer!! 🙂

    • Reply Chava 5 March 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Perfect, then these are made for you!

  • Reply blofmitt 5 March 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Stout & Chocolate are a perfect pair. These looks great.

    • Reply Chava 5 March 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you–we agree! 🙂

  • Reply Sasha @ Eat Love Eat 6 March 2017 at 2:35 pm

    These look so so delicious! I bet the chocolate and stout taste so good together!

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