Holiday Countdown: Jan Hagels

This is my absolute favorite Christmas cookie. When I asked my mom for the recipe, she reluctantly agreed to give it to me – and once I whipped up my first batch, I knew why. It literally takes about 5 minutes to mix everything together and press the batter into a pan for baking. These are fabulous cookies from start to finish in less than 30 minutes!img_0245.jpg

Jan Hagels

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, separated
1 tsp almond extract
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add extract and yolk and mix just until incorporated. Slowly add flour. Press into an ungreased 10×15″ jelly roll pan. Spread to edges.

Beat egg white until foamy and brush over top of dough. Sprinkle with almonds and cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Let bars sit for 5 minutes then cut straight rows down the long way of the pan. Then cut diagonals down the short side of the pan to form diamonds.

Enjoy!

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