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Jan Hagels (Christmas Favorite)

Jan Hagels 

Traditional Dutch Christmas cookies.

1 cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, separated
2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp water
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or sliced almonds


Heat oven to 350 F.  Lightly grease a 15 1/2″ by 10 1/2″ by 1″  (quarter sheet)  pan.  Mix butter, sugar and egg yolk. Stir in flour and cinnamon.  Pat into pan. Place plastic wrap or wax paper over the dough and use a small rolling pin to make dough evenly fit.  Beat egg white and water until frothy, brush over dough, sprinkle with nuts.  Bake 20-25 minutes, until very lightly browned.  Cut immediately into finger-like strips.

— Submitted by Marion Sampaio

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