Friday, September 30, 2011


In anticipation of the second anniversary of Big Shoe Diaries, we're reposting some of our favorite moments from BSD history.  Christmas in September???  Well, yes, it's time to start planning for those holidaze and some of us are already celebrating the start of new years!!!  And we all know how much Colby loves baked goods.

What says "Christmas" more than an unruly mob?  Or getting pelted by God with ice?

HAHA.  No.  Its just me making my favorite holiday cookie, Jan Hagel!

Also known as Hollanders, Janhagals, Dutch Almond cookies, or Sugar Hail cookies. . .  Jan Hagel or "Johnny Hail" has the connotation of "rabble" or "unruly mob" in Dutch.  Rock sugar is often used in traditional recipes, resembling hail.

My grandma always uses walnuts, but its often made with almonds.  If you'd like your own batch, try the Keller family recipe.  Its as easy as it gets.  I guarantee a good time. 


1 Cup butter
1 Cup sugar
1 egg yolk (Save the white for the top)
2 Cups flour
1 T. Cinnamon

Mix ingredients together in a large bowl.  Pat down firmly into a 9X15 baking pan.  Beat the egg white (add 1 T. water if necessary).  Brush on top.  Cover with 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or any nut of your choosing).  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  Cut into small rectangles immediately after baking.  There is a pretty high butter to flour ratio so they may appear undone when you take them out of the oven.  Let them firm and cool before removing them from the pan.  Enjoy!

Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!


  1. So when are we getting a Cooking With Colby or even Keller's Kitchen show?

    nice pants btw

  2. I like the cooking show idea, bring it on

  3. Never mind the cooking show, look at those snappy PJ pants! Also, that oven mitt looks like something straight out of Japanese pornography or French performance art (not that there is a difference). Food network is clearly not ready for this show, though Rachel Ray probably is.

  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will copy it down and try it. I'm sure I can "Texify" it a little by using pecans instead. ;-)

  5. en 'n Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar op jou ook, schat!

  6. love those pj's too, where did you get them?

  7. I think that oven mit is key in this.

  8. Jij ook een vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! Moge het nieuwe jaar je veel voorspoed brengen en dat je ons maar blijft plezieren met je wonderlijke wereld! Al het goeds!

    Flinke knuffel!

  9. Now I wish I could at least read Dutch. I think I will make this for my niece while she is at school, tomorrow. Being unemployed does mean I have more time on my hands than I would like so why not make a new after school snack.