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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

December 6th, next Wednesday, will be St. Nicholas
When my children were small, they would put out their shoes on the night before and see if St. Nicholas would fill them....
Tasha Tudor celebrates with her St. Nicholas Tea on this day.
This year, I will be celebrating and exchanging small gifts with a group of friends next Wednesday
Here is a wonderful recipe, easy too, that I will make for the event. It is a Christmas cookie from Holland called Jan Hagels. They are thin, light and flaky rather like a shortbread piecrust with sugared almonds....

Jan Hagels

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
8 ounces of sliced almonds
Sugar for dusting

Pre-heat oven to 325F. Beat together the butter, sugar and egg yolk with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in flour and cinnamon. Separate dough into 2 balls and press thinly onto 2 large cookie sheets. Beat egg white with water in a small bowl until frothy. Spread over dough.
Arrange the almonds in a mosaic pattern on top and dust with a bit of sugar. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and slice into diamonds while hot.

(This recipe and many others can be easily printed out from

More information about St. Nicholas day can be found by following this link to a site with Advent Customs....
St. Nicholas Day

1 comment:

Janet said...

The cookies sound yummy. And did you do that Santa collage? It's gorgeous! I love the old fashioned ones best.

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