, Hamantashen are better known as Oznay Haman
(sorry about the likely incorrect spelling, but this is the best I can do phonetically
). As far as I remember, this means the ears of Haman
, and they are triangular because the ears of Haman
were triangular according to legend (like elves
, or Vulcan
s). This is contrary to the write-up under Haman
, which states that the Hamantashen are triangular because of Haman's triangular hat. However, since Oznay means ears if I remember correctly, ears are the most likely explanation.
Or not. Maybe this Haman guy really liked triangles.
Traditionaly, the cookies are filled with poppy seeds or jam.