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Making fresh hamantaschen at Sunflower Bakery.
Making fresh hamantaschen at Sunflower Bakery.
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Where to Find Hamantaschen for Purim

A whole lotta history packed into one little cookie

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Making fresh hamantaschen at Sunflower Bakery.
| Sunflower Bakery [Official photo]

Traditionally served as part of the Jewish Purim celebration — which this year falls on Wednesday, February 28, and Thursday, March 1 — the word "hamantaschen" is Yiddish for "Haman's pockets." (In Hebrew, the translation is "Haman's ears.") Haman, for those not familiar, is the oft-booed villain in the Purim story, whose heroes feature the good Queen Esther and her wise uncle Mordechai, who speak up to save all of the Jews in Persia, circa 4th century BCE.

Part of hamantaschen's appeal is the ease with which it can be made and replicated by bakers of all ages: even a dexterous 3-year-old can spoon jam into a soft cookie center and pinch the edges closed. But some D.C. bakeries have been perfecting their hamantaschen dough and fillings for years, to the delight of customers who feel compelled to eat as many hamantaschens as possible during Purim (and in some cases, year-round).

Here are nine sources for hamantaschen around D.C.

Note: The featured bakeries and markets are not ranked. The map is arranged geographically from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Sunflower Bakery

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Sunflower Bakery has five new flavors for 2018, including triple chocolate, cookie dough, coco caramel, chocolate almond, and strawberry funfetti. There’s also a gluten-free option. For Purim, the hamantaschens will be sold at various locations throughout the region, including synagogues in Maryland and Virginia.

Kosher Pastry Oven

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This family-owned bakery has been making a special hamantaschen recipe for Purim since the mid-90s. Fillings include raspberry, apricot, chocolate, poppy seed, and prune, and the hamantaschens come in a large and small versions. Staff says raspberry is the top seller.

Jennycakes Bakery

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This family-owned bakery has been making a special hamantaschen recipe for Purim since the mid-90s. Fillings include raspberry, apricot, chocolate, poppy seed, and prune, and the hamantaschens come in a large and small versions. Staff says raspberry is the top seller.

Henry's Sweet Retreat

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This Bethesda sweets shop plans to carry hamantaschens from Saturday, February 24 through early March. Featured flavors include apricot and prune, which can be found in the bakery case or purchased via special order.

Henry's MD counter The main counter at Henry’s Sweet Retreat. Henry’s Sweet Retreat [Official photo]

Bread Furst

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Starting on Monday, February 26th, James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Mark Furstenberg will resume offering hamantaschen. This year’s flavors are prune, poppy seed, and apricot.

Wagshal's Market

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Wagshal’s offers hamantaschens filled with poppy seed and apricot year-round. Prune-flavored creations are rolled out each year for Purim.

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Le Caprice DC

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In addition to its year-round hamantaschen flavors (plum, orange, strawberry and apricot filled varieties), this year Le Caprice is introducing two new cookies: a cherry and white chocolate combination, and apple-caramel. Owner and head baker Manijeh Erfani remains open to custom flavor requests.

Pastries by Randolph

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This bakery sells hamantaschen year-round in four different flavors: cherry, apple, apricot and raspberry. Raspberry and apricot remain the top sellers.

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

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Heidelberg offers hamantaschen on a daily basis; flavors include hazelnut, poppy seed, apricot, prune and raspberry. Limited edition apple-cinnamon filled and chocolate hamantaschen will be available on Wednesday, February 28, and Thursday, March 1.

Sunflower Bakery

Sunflower Bakery has five new flavors for 2018, including triple chocolate, cookie dough, coco caramel, chocolate almond, and strawberry funfetti. There’s also a gluten-free option. For Purim, the hamantaschens will be sold at various locations throughout the region, including synagogues in Maryland and Virginia.

Kosher Pastry Oven

This family-owned bakery has been making a special hamantaschen recipe for Purim since the mid-90s. Fillings include raspberry, apricot, chocolate, poppy seed, and prune, and the hamantaschens come in a large and small versions. Staff says raspberry is the top seller.

Jennycakes Bakery

This family-owned bakery has been making a special hamantaschen recipe for Purim since the mid-90s. Fillings include raspberry, apricot, chocolate, poppy seed, and prune, and the hamantaschens come in a large and small versions. Staff says raspberry is the top seller.

Henry's Sweet Retreat

Henry's MD counter The main counter at Henry’s Sweet Retreat. Henry’s Sweet Retreat [Official photo]

This Bethesda sweets shop plans to carry hamantaschens from Saturday, February 24 through early March. Featured flavors include apricot and prune, which can be found in the bakery case or purchased via special order.

Henry's MD counter The main counter at Henry’s Sweet Retreat. Henry’s Sweet Retreat [Official photo]

Bread Furst

Starting on Monday, February 26th, James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Mark Furstenberg will resume offering hamantaschen. This year’s flavors are prune, poppy seed, and apricot.

Wagshal's Market

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Wagshal’s offers hamantaschens filled with poppy seed and apricot year-round. Prune-flavored creations are rolled out each year for Purim.

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Le Caprice DC

In addition to its year-round hamantaschen flavors (plum, orange, strawberry and apricot filled varieties), this year Le Caprice is introducing two new cookies: a cherry and white chocolate combination, and apple-caramel. Owner and head baker Manijeh Erfani remains open to custom flavor requests.

Pastries by Randolph

This bakery sells hamantaschen year-round in four different flavors: cherry, apple, apricot and raspberry. Raspberry and apricot remain the top sellers.

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

Heidelberg offers hamantaschen on a daily basis; flavors include hazelnut, poppy seed, apricot, prune and raspberry. Limited edition apple-cinnamon filled and chocolate hamantaschen will be available on Wednesday, February 28, and Thursday, March 1.

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