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This Dutch shortbread cookie is the perfect addition to any cookie exchange you may be participating in. Or you may even want to just whip up a batch to settle down with while watching holiday movies. I was introduced to the Jan Hagel last year, and I’m pleased to share with you during the start of #HousefulOfCookies 2nd annual blog hop!

Jan Hagel Dutch Shortbread - a buttery cookie perfect for cookie exchanges for the holidays #HousefulOfCookies

Hi there and welcome to the 2nd Annual #HousefulOfCookies blog hop! I’m excited to share the recipes and yummy creations of 26 other bloggers and myself. Just in time for those cookie swaps that I’m sure you’re getting ready for. Instead of trying to the old faithfuls, why not check out these posts and find something new to add to your repertoire. This year, I’m presenting the Jan Hagel, a traditional Dutch shortbread that I came to know of last year during a cookie exchange. My aunt Rebecca brought them for us to exchange, and I’ve been thinking about them ever since. 

They are full of butter, sugar, and magic. I promise. Many renditions of this cookie use almond slivers as the choice nut topping, but my aunt made them with pecans last year. Pecans also hold a special place in my heart because my granny Blackburn had a pecan tree in her backyard and nothing made me happier than getting my own personal box of them shipped to me every year. I’m pretty sure that I’ve told this story before, but when I was in college and pregnant with Nathaniel I asked her to send me a box because I was craving them. She sent me a HUGE box and then told me to share with my friends. I gave each of them ONE pecan and kept the rest for myself. So ridiculous I was. 

Jan Hagel Dutch Shortbread - a buttery cookie perfect for cookie exchanges for the holidays #HousefulOfCookies

Back to the cookies. These whip up in no time, and only use sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon (a touch) and one egg. That’s it. The secret, I’m told is making them as thin as possible, without losing the shortbread aspect. You also have to cut them while the dough is still warm, so they can harden into succulent, buttery bites that you won’t be able to stop eating. 

Jan Hagel Dutch Shortbread - a buttery cookie perfect for cookie exchanges for the holidays #HousefulOfCookies

I may have had to fight off little hands once these came out of the oven. Especially my helper, Sir Twizzler. He kept walking past the kitchen opening until I told him that he could come in and test one of them out. Nothing beats helping mommy in the kitchen and then getting to eat your hard work. 

So you want to make them? Here’s the recipe, and I promise you, you can have them baked and ready in less than an hour. 

Jan Hagel Dutch Shortbread Cookies

Jan Hagel Dutch Shortbread Cookies


  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg separated
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, I used pecans
  • Sugar for dusting


  1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Cream the butter and sugar.
  3. Add your egg yolk and beat until well incorporated.
  4. Add the flour and cinnamon and hand mix well - mixture will be crumbly
  5. Spread thinly on a cookie sheet - make sure to get it thin! Not too thin of course!
  6. Brush with the egg white and sprinkle with nuts and a little sugar if desired.
  7. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Cut into desired shapes while still warm - they will cool to a crunch!
Jan Hagel Dutch Shortbread - a buttery cookie perfect for cookie exchanges for the holidays #HousefulOfCookies

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    Melisa Wells
    December 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    These look DELICIOUS. *bookmarking*

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    December 1, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Great job. A favorite in our household for years. A church member Marge Nydam taught me how to make them. They are addicting. I do add more cinnamon because I like cinnamon. I am honored you liked them so much to make and feature them. Thank you

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    December 1, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Do they taste anything like the old school butter cookies?

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    December 2, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Yummy!!!! This looks incredible.

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    December 2, 2016 at 9:11 am

    This is awesome…I will definitely be following for more recipes.

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    December 2, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I may or may not have just tried to lick my screen.

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    Andrea Bates
    December 22, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    These look amazing. I saw you share them when you first posted but didn’t have a sec to come by and drool over them. But they look so good! And I think I might try to make them this weekend, maybe …

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    December 18, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Instructions dont say when to add cinnamon

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      Natasha Nicholes
      December 19, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Oops! Thanks for calling my attention to that! You can go ahead and add that 1/2 tsp in with the flour. 🙂

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