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Jan Hagels

Jan Hagels

Jan Hagels

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Jan Hagels
4.9 rating based on 12,345 ratings
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Course: Hand-Shaped CookiesCuisine: Holland, NetherlandsDifficulty: Medium



A traditional Dutch cookie that is thin and flaky, with cinnamon and sliced almonds.


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 teaspoon water

  • 8 ounces sliced almonds


  • Pre-heat oven to 325 F and grease two 11×17-inch baking sheets. Beat together butter, sugar and egg yolk with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in flour and cinnamon. With your hands, pat dough into a very thin layer over one baking sheet and half of the second. This can be time-consuming to get an evenly thin layer, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Aim for 1/4-inch thickness (this may take up more than half of the second pan). For flakier, more delicate cookies, make them thinner….for less flaky but less delicate cookies, make them thicker (you may have to bake them a couple minutes longer if they are thicker). 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 rectangle or diamond shapes while hot.


  • Photo thanks to zoyachubby of Chicken’s Kitchen, used with permission cc.


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im dutch i come from Oldebroek cookies are great
- A Baker

These cookies are a family tradition in our house, along with Mexican Wedding Cakes. My kids know Christmas is almost here when we make these!
- Katie in Louisiana

my family loves these cookies. my grandmother made them. in place of cinnamon she added 1 scant teaspoon of almond extract and sprinkled them with those colored balls. yummy!
- patty lynn in st charles il 

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.
- JP in Ontario

These taste great, but I found that they were really delicate, almost too flaky, and the almonds on top flaked off.
- E_Sharp in Ontario

My mom made it, I make it, and it is my 4 yr olds fav.
- Minnesota Mom in MN

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!
- Trish in Iowa

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.
- Rita Hemmes in Alberta, Canada

My Dutch grandmmother always made these for Christmas. Very tasty!
- A Baker

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.
- John K. in albuquerque

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!!
- Trish in New York

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!!
-  janet strasemeier in illinois

These are incredibly simple and delightfully delicious. We don't arrange the nuts or cut them into diamonds because the anticipation for eating them is too great to wait! :-)
- Kelly in USA 

I had to make a dessert for my facs class. These were delicous and soo easy.They had a great buttery taste that made you come back for more!!!
- kat
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