Jan Hagel Cookies

Jan Hagel Cookies

Hello friends!  Here’s a Dutch treat…

Jan Hagel Cookies

(pronounced Yahn Hahgel), is a memory from years ago.  At Folk Dance Festivals in Holland, vendors would sell this light, crisp, Dutch shortbread.

Jan Hagel Cookies

Dutch bakers would pull Jan Hagel Cookies out of huge ovens on full sheet cake pans.  Long lines of festival goers would be waiting to purchase their share which is a perfect accompaniment to a delicious drink.

Jan Hagel Cookies

Recently we attended a party hosted by our son and daughter-in-law in Washington.  One of their friends, Sam, brought a tray of Jan Hagel Cookies.  I was busy serving food when our son, Sean asked me, “Mom, have you tried this?”  I had not so he brought one to me.  The taste was divine and reminiscent.  “You’ve got to figure out how to make these Mom!”  Well, he was right.  I simply asked who brought them and Sam graciously provided the recipe her mother passed down to her.

Note:  I cut my Jan Hagel Cookies into 12 even bars and then cut those in half, creating 24 even rectangles.

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Jan Hagel Cookies - Dutch Shortbread
I first had Jan Hagel Cookies at Folk Dance Festivals in Holland. Dutch vendors would sell their light, crisp, shortbread to long lines of festival fans.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Dutch
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • ½ cup sliced almonds, or any chopped nut
  • cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling on top
  1. Grease a 9x13" pan.
  2. Mix butter, sugar and egg yolk until creamy.
  3. Stir in flour and cinnamon.
  4. Spread cookie dough into pan and pat smooth.
  5. Beat water and egg white until frothy and brush over dough with a pastry brush.
  6. Sprinkle with nuts, cinnamon, and sugar.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Cut into bars right after removing from the oven and carefully remove to a cooling rack.

Hope you each enjoy this lovely treat.  What’s your favorite international delight?

Jan Hagel Cookies

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Garden of Egan

    So good to “hear” from you!!!
    Sounds like you have been busy traveling and enjoying family.

    Those cookies are on the KEEP AND MAKE list!

  2. GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart

    Wonderful to have you back blogging again!!! The cookie treat looks delicious! So nice you were able to get the recipe.

  3. Debbie

    Yay!! I really have missed your recipes. For whatever reason, the stuff you make just appeals to me more consistently than any other blog or resource I’ve ever found. I have been trying to figure out what route to go with my own blog. I’m getting a replacement for Della the laptop this week. Maybe it will be more enjoyable to blog and visit when I’m not battling her.

  4. renée @ Singing With Birds

    Thanks Debbie, I enjoy your blog. You are such a talented writer. I hope a new computer will help you. You just have a lot going on too, I know. Look for me weekly, SWB is not taking over my life! I’m also going to go to wordpress in the near future. In the end it makes it easier I’ve decided.

  5. Christine

    Yummy!!! I’m going to be trying these out! Welcome back to blogging!

  6. SavoringTime in the Kitchen

    Good to see you back, Gnee! This does sound like a wonderful recipe and one I would love to try! I love shortbread style cookies.

    • renée @ Singing With Birds

      You always make the most delicious looking goodies. I’m on my way to check them out now! Thanks…


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