I've always preferred the hamantashen made from a short pastry (like a sugar cookie dough), rather than the ones made from a raised dough (like a danish). In the greater NYC area I've seen both, but the short pastry ones are far more common; there, they're also generally available year round, rather than only around Purim which seems to be the case in Chicagoland.Bennison's
in Evanston currently has the ones made from short pastry, available through this Sunday, in five flavors: poppyseed
(with slivered almonds), apricot
, and apple
. See the photo below as well as these links to their website. They're excellent!
I recently tried a poppyseed one from Kaufman's
, whose hamantashen are made from a raised dough. It was nothing great, rather tasteless and skimpy on the filling. Which is unusual at Kaufman's; I find most of their baked goods are excellent, including items they have only started carrying since they re-opened. Their bread pudding is outstanding!
It's ironic that Bennison's makes Jewish-oriented pastries that are better and more authentic than Kaufman's. (This is also true of their black-and-whites, also pictured below.)