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Purim is just around the corner, and it’s time to start assembling sweets for the mitzvah of mishloach manot—gift baskets, traditionally filled with sweets, that are sent to your friends and family for the holiday. Think of it as the Jewish version of the Christmas cookie exchange, only better: Each cookie has its history in the Jewish Diaspora, and sometimes a secret meaning (eating Haman’s ears!). But more than anything else, we have poppy seeds!

You will surely want to include some excellent hamantashen in your baskets, as well as some classic confections that generations of Jewish bakers came up with.

Full post and recipe here.