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Mars Bar Hamentaschen…(and Bonus Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cup Recipe!)

Last year, my Mars-bar-obsessed daughter decided to be a Mars bar for the Jewish festival of Purim…and I indulged her by working together to make a Mars bar costume out of felt.  She drew & cut out the letters and I put it all together.  It was fabulous!

IMG_0961Well, all the Mars bar talk got me thinking about filling hamentaschen with Mars…and so I did it!

I’ll be sharing the how-to on Breakfast Television Montreal on Monday, March 10 at 7:20AM, so tune in!

You can use your favourite Hamentaschen dough, but in case you don’t have one, I will suggest either this easy-to-make cream cheese pastry by the wonderful Norene Gilletz (New Food Processor Bible –  or Norene’s Basic Oil Dough as found in my traditional Hamentaschen Recipe (I seem to have less hamentaschen “opening up” when I use the Basic Oil Dough so if you’re a fan of orange flavour, which goes well with Mars Bar, you may prefer to use that one)



1/4 lb butter, in chunks
1/4 lb cream cheese, in chunks
1 c. flour
2 Tbsp. sugar (optional)

Combine all in food processor & process until a ball forms – That’s it!

(Note this recipe will yield roughly 12-15 Hamentashen (cut with 3″ cookie cutter).  I recommend making 2-3 batches.)



2-3 Mars Bars

There are 2 ways you can approach this:

IMG_1234Method #1

  • Cut each Mars Bar into thirds or quarters & each third (quarter) into 2 triangles, by slicing diagonally.
  • Each piece is the filling for one hamentasch

Method #2

  • Break each Mars bar into several chunks & place in processor.
  • Process for a few seconds until it is all crumbly / in medium sized chunks.
  • Roughly 1 tsp of this mixture, squished or rolled into a ball will form the filling for one hamentasch


  • Roll out half the dough to roughly a 1/4″ thickness (on a lightly floured surface, if necessary)
  • Using a 3″ cookie cutter, cut out circles
  • Place either 1 piece of Mars bar (Method #1) or 1 tsp of Mars bar filling (Method #2) into the center of each circle
  • IMG_1247Bring sides upwards to meet to form triangular shaped-cookie
  • Continue with remainder of dough
  • Place all on greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet(s)
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown

Allow to cool before enjoying- Hot sugar from hot candy bar can = burns!

Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup version:
These little babies may be bite size…but they’re not short on yum-factor!

IMG_1248You’ll need a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Minis.

  • Proceed as above, but cut the dough into 2 1/2 ” circles
  • Place 1 “mini” in the center of each circle
  • Bring sides upwards to meet to form triangular-shaped cookie
  • Continue with remainder of dough
  • Place all on greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet(s)
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown
  •  Allow to cool & ENJOY!

Feel more like the traditional version?  Try these:

Remember: You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy these delicious treats!!

That said, I wish all those celebrating a happy & joyful Purim!


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  1. Looks amazing!!! I can’t wait to try this!!!

  2. I like the Mars bar costume.

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