I looked through Shulchan Aruch, but, although there are entire chapters (OC 453–462) describing how to make matza, there's a not a single mention of how to make hamentaschen. What is the halachically correct way to make hamentaschen? Sourced answers would be preferred.

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  • dupe? judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14543/759
    – Double AA
    Mar 6, 2015 at 4:28
  • @DoubleAA Good catch. Forgot about that one.
    – msh210
    Mar 6, 2015 at 4:47
  • ... but, otoh, the answer I was thinking of for this one doesn't really answer that one. Hm.
    – msh210
    Mar 6, 2015 at 4:49
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    @DoubleAA I don't think that's anything like this. VTRO.
    – Scimonster
    Mar 6, 2015 at 11:36
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    All right, I (who, not @DoubleAA, closed this) hereby bow to the pressure and will be the fourth and fifth reopener.
    – msh210
    Mar 6, 2015 at 18:38

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The only aspect of hamentashen that is miakev is the triangular shape.

Matzos are round* because they serve to remind us of Hashem, the point of perfection, with no beginning and no end, an idea found many times in the writing of the Maharal.

Most mitzvos are square, such as Tephilin, Talis, Beis Hamikdosh, Klei Mikdosh because this shape represents man's accomplishments, as Hashem did not create squares in this world. The Yerushalmi (מעשרות ה׳ ג׳) says He only created one square item, the Gris HaKilki, but that was probably just to show that he could.

Hamentashen are a remembrance for Esther, as such they must be triangular to represent womanhood, as Rashi says in Bereishis 2 22 Hashem made women like a building/storehouse, thin on top and wide on the bottom so as to be able to hold children.

*Obviously, the advent of machine Matzos and their square shape needs further introspection to what we are meant to learn from their shape and what it says about the generation that utilizes them.

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    No no, obviously they are made with three corners, instead of four, to be exempt from tzitzis Mar 9, 2015 at 1:32

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