Jan Hagel Cookies


These crispy, flaky Jan Hagel cookies are a favorite Dutch Christmas tradition.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
2 dozen


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 large egg, separated, divided

  • 1 teaspoon water

  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Set out two rimmed baking sheets.

  2. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in egg yolk until thoroughly combined and creamy. Add flour and cinnamon and mix until dough is well combined.

  3. Spread 2/3 of the dough over one baking sheet; spread remaining dough over half of the second baking sheet. Press down on dough with your fingers, then score with a fork.

  4. Whisk egg white and water together in a small bowl; brush lightly over dough. Sprinkle walnuts over top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

  6. Remove from the oven and immediately cut into 24 squares or rectangles. Let cool completely on the baking sheets, then remove and separate cookies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

157 Calories
10g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 157
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 2g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 28mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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