Jan Hagels

    1 hour

    Jan Hagel biscuits are a traditional Dutch Christmas treat. Gently spiced with cinnamon and studded with walnuts, they're melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 225g butter
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 egg white + 1 teaspoon water, beaten
    • 60g finely chopped walnuts

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:10min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 150 C / Gas mark 2. Line two baking trays with parchment.
    2. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg yolk and beat thoroughly. (This should be very creamy.) Add the flour and cinnamon and mix well.
    3. Spread thinly over one baking tray, and half of the other. Press down mixture with fingers, then score with a fork. Lightly brush on egg white mixed with a little water. Sprinkle the nuts over the top.
    4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from oven and immediately cut into squares or rectangles. When cool, remove from baking trays.

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    Reviews in English (54)


    I lived in Holland for 2 years and remember these fondly. this recipe tastes just as I remembre them. thanks so much, lovely!  -  08 Dec 2008


    I loved these, they were simple but very luxurious tasting. Great with a coffee. Colleagues loved them.  -  04 Dec 2008


    Delicious and very easy to make. I have made these for my family and co-workers on several occasions, and they've always been a hit. The entire amount of dough pressed nicely into an 11" x 17" cookie sheet, with about 2 in. of unused space at one end of the pan. I've found that cutting them into 24 pieces is a good serving size. Increasing the amount of cinnamon to 1 tsp was not overpowering.  -  28 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)