While the miraculous salvation of the Jewish people from total national annihilation in Ancient Persia is celebrated in the Jewish month of Adar, the majority of the action that makes up the Purim story actually occurred on Passover in the month of Nissan. Haman the Wicked, the villain of the Purim story, cast his lots from which he chose the date to exterminate the Jews on the 13th of Nissan. Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story, fasted for three days from the 13th to the 15th of Nissan (the day prior to and first two days of the Passover festival), in order to entreat the Almighty to save the Jewish people. Her initial meeting with her despot husband, King Achashverosh of Persia, and his advisor Haman took place on the 15th of Nissan, and her second meeting with them occurred the next day, on the 16th of Nissan. It was at this meeting that our salvation came, and our enemy, Haman, was sentenced to death and hanged on the very gallows on which he planned to hang Mordechai the Jew. To learn more about Purim, click here. As our salvation was apparent and Haman fell on the second day of Passover, there is a lesser-known custom among some Jews to commemorate his downfall and death in some fashion on this day. What better way to commemorate Haman's downfall than by enjoying some of the cookies that symbolize this, hamantaschen (or oznei Haman, if you're Israeli)? After all, it's hard to let go of hamantaschen season. This Passover version is made from almond-flour cookie dough, and is so good you might just want to make this your go-to recipe for Purim, too.
Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine almond flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add vanilla, egg, and olive oil, and stir until dough comes together/forms into a smooth ball. Turn out dough onto a work surface and roll out to about 1/8-inch thick. Cut out hamantaschen with a 3-inch round cookie cutter. Place the cut cookie dough rounds on a baking tray lined with baking paper and fill with 1/2 tablespoon of choice preserves in the center. Fold the dough around the filling to form a triangular shape and pinch the corners firmly to seal. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, turning the pan half way through baking. Remove and let cool.