Jan Hagel – Holiday Biscuit Recipe Exchange

This year I have baked more cookies than usual, but it’s Christmas and there are so many people I wanted to share them with. So when Irish Food Bloggers Association mentioned Holiday Biscuit Recipe Exchange I couldn’t resist anyway.
I got the recipe from Jennifer, that her mother passed on to her. It is a traditional Dutch recipe called Jan Hagel that Jennifer’s mother got from a friend of hers about thirty years ago. It’s super easy. There are lots of variations on the traditional recipe, but this is the one that they always make at theirs house.
I totally agree, the recipe is very easy, it takes only few minutes to put it together. Cookies are very soft, delicate and buttery. They are perfect for walnut’s lovers like my boyfriend. I was thinking about replacing walnuts with pistachios (I love they colour), but I decided to be traditional this time, but of you want you can try 🙂
Thank you Jennifer for sharing the lovely recipe with me.

Jan Hagel

  • 225 g unsalted butter
  • 110 g sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 220 g flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 60 g walnuts, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan (it’s recommend not using the fan setting, but I didn’t have choice, my oven is fan only, so I lower the temperature to 160ºC).
Lightly grease a baking tray.
Mix butter, sugar and egg yolk.
Blend flour and cinnamon.
Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture and spread evenly onto the baking sheet, pressing lightly with your fingers.
Beat the egg white with the tablespoon of water until it is lightly frothy and brush it over the dough before sprinkling on the walnuts. Bake for 20-25 minutes until dough looks golden and nuts are toasty. Cut immediately into fingers and allow to cool on the tray.