Orecchie di Amman

Haman’s Ears

Preparation info
  • Makes about


    • Difficulty


Appears in
Cucina Ebraica: Flavours of the Italian Jewish Kitchen

By Joyce Goldstein

Published 1998

  • About

These cookies, which are served at Purim, represent the ears of the wicked minister Haman. A strip of dough is formed into a circle or a butterfly to look like an ear, then fried in oil.


  • 3 whole eggs, or 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks
  • 4


In a bowl, using a whisk or wooden spoon, beat together the eggs (or whole eggs and egg yolks), granulated sugar, salt, citrus zest, olive oil, brandy, and vanilla until well combined. Gradually add the flour, stirring only enough for the mixture to come together in a soft dough.

Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead for 5 minutes until smooth. Roll out into a thin sheet and,