Prep 25 mins
Cook 40 mins
These lightly spiced butter cookies are similar to Janhagel, a popular Dutch cookie. Jane Valentine Talbert of Encinitas, California, uses pecans instead of the more traditional almonds. **Cookies will keep, layered between sheets of wax paper or parchment, in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 weeks. Taken from the Scandinavia international recipes from Epicurious.com for ZWT.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, separated
- 1 cup chopped pecans (about 1/4 lb)
- Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 325°F
- Butter a 15- by 10- by 1-inch baking pan, then line bottom with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 ends, and butter foil.
- Whisk together flour, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl until combined.
- Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a stand mixer (preferably fitted with paddle attachment) or 6 minutes with a handheld. Beat in yolk; reduce speed to low, then mix in flour mixture until combined.
- Spread batter evenly in pan with an offset spatula.
- Lightly beat egg white in a small bowl, then brush some of it over batter and sprinkle evenly with pecans.
- Bake until top is golden brown and edges begin to pull away from sides of pan, 35 to 40 minutes.
- Cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then transfer with foil to a cutting board; discard foil.
- Cut while still warm into 2-inch squares or, by halving squares diagonally, into triangles and cool completely on rack.
These are really good and so easy to make! I like that they are not super sweet. They are nice and crispy but not hard. Perfect amount of cinnamon. I did only use about 1/2 cup pecans so DSs would eat them and there were still a fe nuts on every cookie. Made for Football Pool 2010-11 Super Bowl Win.