Today is Shushan Purim, which, technically speaking, is only celebrated in major walled cities. Nowadays, that pretty much means Jerusalem exclusively. Still, why not give a culinary nod to the ancient setting of the Purim story with these Rose Water Pistachio Hamantaschen?
A rose water-scented pastry surrounds an easy-to-make pistachio marzipan. With flavors inspired by Persian Jewish cuisine, these sweets make the perfect tribute to the heroic Queen Esther. But don't wait for next Purim to make them again -- they're an ideal complement to Middle Eastern, Moroccan, even Indian menus. And if you happen to have a mental block to eating filled triangle cookies when it's not Purim, you could always play with the shape.
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