Jan Hagel’s Dutch Cookies

Sitting in the refectory with my early morning coffee, I watched a young Sister stirring up something in the baking area of the kitchen.  I speculated that she was making a treat of some sort to take to the office since she works at Paraclete Press, the Community’s publishing house. It was not out of the ordinary for this to be happening especially at this time of year. Homemade goodies are known to increase production as well as good spirits in the workplace so it was no surprise to see her doing this. What was a surprise was finding a little plate of Jan Hagel cookies on my desk after returning from church.

As I savored each bite of the crisp buttery delicacies, I asked myself “Why have you not ever made these yourself”? Almost every year someone I know has made these traditional Dutch shortbread cookies and I have enjoyed them at their hands, but have never made them myself. These are the perfect treat to have with a cup of tea with holiday guests and to send home with them as a simple holiday remembrance. I set about to whip up a batch….simple, quick, easy and satisfying. I suggest you consider doing the same. You’ll be glad you did!

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Jan Hagel's Dutch Cookies



  1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg yolk and beat until creamy.
  3. Add the flour and mix well
  4. Spread thinly on a cookie sheet
  5. Brush with the egg white and sprinkle with nuts and a little sugar if desired.
  6. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 – 30 minutes. Cut into squares or triangles while hot.

3 thoughts on “Jan Hagel’s Dutch Cookies

  1. I remember these from when I was a little girl. They were my sweet Mother’s favorites. I will make a batch this week in her memory. Thank you.

  2. We’ve made these every Christmas for years. In Texas we use pecans on top. It isn’t Christmas without these hard, tasty cookies!

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