Monday, 14 December 2009

Hannukah Stars Recipe

You know how it goes:
You need to bake something for a Hannukah party
(at the last minute)
and the ingredients in the house are few and far between.
I did some
creative cookie recipe cobbling
and came up with this winner.....

Cranberry and Apple Cinnamon Hannukah Star Cookies
1/3 cup apple sauce
3 tablespoons ground nuts (I used walnuts and almonds)
1/4 cup chopped cranrasins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar
dash of salt
1 sheet of defrosted puff pastry
1 egg, beaten
a few tablespoons of light brown sugar with cinnamon

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius or according to puff pastry package instructions. Oil cookie sheet or use baking paper to avoid unwanted stickage.

Filling: Mix together applesauce, ground nuts, cinnamon, sugar and cranrasins. Add a dash of salt for extra flavor.

Using a star shape cut out cookies, 2 of each star per cookie.
Place one star on the baking tray, add 1 scant spoonful of filing in the center being careful not to spill over the edges. Take second star, dampen edges with water along the inner edge and gently lay on top of the star with filling. Carefully line up the points and tamp down the edges a bit so they'll swell and close as they bake.
Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Bake 15-20 minutes, keeping a close eye so the pastry doesn't burn.

My one sheet of pastry produced 20 stars, and they went fast at our little building Hannukah lighting party, so these four stars were all I had to photograph.

(Kinda inspired by this vegalicious recipe but not really quite the same filling...)

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