Showing posts with label The Netherlands. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Netherlands. Show all posts

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!