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Jan Hagels

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Jan Hagel cookies are a traditional Dutch holiday sweet. They are very thin, light and flaky.

Makes about 50

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
8 ounces sliced almonds

Pre-heat oven to 325 F. Beat together butter, sugar and egg yolk with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in flour and cinnamon. Separate dough into 3 portions and spead thinly over 3 small baking sheets (or 2 larger ones). Beat egg white and water in a small bowl until frothy. Spread over dough. Arrange the almonds in a mosaic pattern on top. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and slice into diamond shapes while hot.

Note: Alternate spellings/names: Hollanders, Janhagels, Janhagel Cookies, Dutch Almond Cookies.

Photo by zoyachubby under Creative Commons license.

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  JP in Ontario  Dec 23, 2009
Would make this again.
These cookies are so simple to make. I think after reading the reviews I made them too thick, but boy are they yummy!! I plan to make them for my Dutch family this year and hopefully they will like em. 5 stars

  E_Sharp in Ontario  Dec 19, 2009
Would make this again.
These taste great, but I found that they were really delicate, almost too flaky, and the almonds on top flaked off. 4 stars

  Minnesota Mom in MN  Dec 16, 2009
Would make this again.
My mom made it, I make it, and it is my 4 yr olds fav. 5 stars

  Trish in Iowa  Nov 3, 2008
Would make this again.
I tasted these at a bake sale and had to track down the recipe! They are wonderful. My husband is Dutch so I'm glad I can finally make something for the family besides sugar cookies! 5 stars

  Rita Hemmes in Alberta, Canada  Jan 6, 2008
Would make this again.
I used one 11" 1/2 x 17" cookie sheet for this, divided the dough into four parts to make it easier to press with my fingers to spread to edges of pan. I cut it into 64 smaller pieces, this way those on a diet to still have a taste. This was a good thickness and made a nice chewy texture. Rave Reviews and requests for the recipe. My parents are Dutch immigrants and this will be a tradition for my grandchildren, to be baked annually for family and friends. Thank you for this recipe. 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Minnesota  Jun 15, 2007
Would make this again.
My Dutch grandmmother always made these for Christmas. Very tasty! 5 stars

  John K. in albuquerque  Nov 27, 2006
Would make this again.
My first grade daughter needed to take some Dutch cookies to school for an assignment on studying cultures. This seemed like a good one to try on short notice. Glad we did! The cookies taste great and cook up well. Nice and simple. Now we just need some history to go with it. 4 stars

  A cookie baker in Marietta  Nov 21, 2006
Would make this again.
I have been making these cookies for over 30 years. I first learned the recipe in Girl Scouts in elementary school. My friends and family all enjoy these special treats. 5 stars

  Trish in New York  Jun 3, 2006
Would make this again.
Thank you for posting this recipe!! I lost mine, or gave it away, & wasn't sure I remembered it correctly.

I've baked cookies as gifts for Christmas for the last 30 years and this is still the one everybody raves about!!
5 stars

  janet strasemeier in illinois  Oct 26, 2005
Would make this again.
my sister in-law made these every year. she made me think that they were difficult to make. she's wrong they are easy and delicious. everyone at work wants these for their christmas gifts!! 5 stars

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