Orange County Purim Cookie Bake

A county-wide cookie bake held at the Temple Sinai of Middletown, NY and sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County took place on Sunday, March 6. About 30 people met to amass 250 Hamantaschens in 2 hours.

Hamantaschens are the delicious triangular cookies filled with savory sweets. These delectable treats are eaten around the holiday of Purim, a time when Jewish people commemorate the history of their survival. Hamantaschens are also shared at Purim festivals, a fun celebration where kids and adults gather in costume and participate in playful activities like carnivals and games.

The cookie is a major symbol of the holiday and is simple to make. It’s a delicious pocket pastry that is filled with jellies, jams, and even chocolates. Participants ranging in age from young to old tailored their own confections and went home with a cookie recipe and a box of the savory treats.

Although satisfying the palate was certainly a priority, Orange County residents reveled in this social-hands-on event funded by the Jewish Federation.

For more information about upcoming free county-wide events, including the Orange County Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 13, 2022, visit the Jewish Federation at to see how you can get involved.