[Sca-cooks] Fig Newtons from God?

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Sat Mar 29 14:34:04 PDT 2008

On Mar 29, 2008, at 5:15 PM, aldyth at aol.com wrote:
> This morning at work a wonderful older jewish lady brought in a care  
> package to say thank you for taking such good care of her terrier.?  
> She knows I like to cook.? Her words were, "The little basket is  
> full of Fig Newtons from God.?Just for you. Guess what they are.  
> They are as old as Abraham"
> So, I sampled one.? Very light outside butter cookie dough that was  
> rolled out or flattened. Inside one was what I thought would be fig,  
> but was poppy seed goo.? Another one was strawberry I think.? The  
> edges of the cookie were folded up on the filling, leaving a finger  
> print sized hole. Mostly round, or sort of 3 sided. They also had  
> been dusted with powdered sugar, (I hope that was what it was).
> Surely not a cuskeynole.? Google was helpful with various versions  
> of thumbprint cookies. If this is?a period cookie, it would be  
> wonderful to include on a dessert sideboard.? Ideas?

The tri-corn hat shape suggests that the poster who mentioned rugelach  
(sp?) was probably close, but my money would be on Hamentaschen,  
a.k.a. Hamen's Purses or Hamen's Ears. I think they're a Purim  
thing... I gather Passover is rather late this year, and that Purim is  
just about exactly a month prior, so we could be in the midst of it.

Here's a link to the oh-so-unreliable-but-so-fashionable-to-take-pokes- 
at Wiki page on the subject, for access to some of the various  



"Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls,  
when we all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's  
			-- Rabbi Israel Salanter

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