Cinnamon Sugar Almond Bars- Jan Hagels Recipe

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Whether you call them Cinnamon Sugar Bars or Jan Hagels, these easy bar cookies are simply delicious! A perfect recipe for beginning cooks.

Recipe for Jan Hagels - a Dutch cookie. Simple and delicious, they are a perfect Christmas cookie. Everyone loves these cinnamon sugar bars.

These Jan Hagels are one of the first recipes I ever made all by myself. I think I was probably about ten years old. They only have a few ingredients, so they are a very easy recipe. They are a great for kids who are just learning to cook. (But no one will ever guess, because they taste amazing!)

The hardest part of this recipe is patting the dough into the pan. I like to get my hands wet, then press the dough down. That works like a charm. If the dough starts sticking, just rinse your hands and start again.
Jan Hagels- yummy Dutch cinnamon sugar bars that are easy to make and delicious!

To get the pretty diamond shapes, just cut diagonally from corner to corner, then cut straight rows across the pan. If you don’t have a long sharp knife, you can use a pizza cutter. You will have leftover pieces on all of the edges, perfect for hungry children or husbands.
How to cut jan hagel bars into diamond shapesThey turn out so pretty with the cinnamon sugar and almonds on top. I love the diamond shapes, but you can of course just cut them into regular bars. They will still taste just as good!
Cinnamon Sugar Bars, also called Jan Hagels, are a delicious Dutch Christmas cookie!

Yield: 3 dozen

Cinnamon Sugar Almond Bars- Jan Hagels

Cinnamon Sugar Almond Bars- Jan Hagels
Simple cinnamon sugar bar cookies topped with sliced almonds.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 23 minutes


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Cinnamon sugar mixture
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


Cream sugar and butter in a mixing bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Pat dough into a 17x12" jelly roll pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, then almonds.

Bake at 350 ° for about 18 minutes. Cool slightly and cut into square or diamond shapes.


--Make sure you chill the dough, or you will make a sticky mess trying to spread it in the pan.

Buttery and perfectly cinnamony, these Cinnamon Sugar Bars are absolutely delicious. A perfect recipe for beginning cooks. They are easy and so pretty!

Love cinnamon and sugar? You’ll love these recipes too:

Easy Cinnamon Popcorn
Fluffy Cinnamon Sugar Muffins
Snickerdoodle Blondies
Double Cinnamon Snickerdoodles


  1. This brings me back to my childhood – my grandmother made this all the time! She’s been gone for years now and I thought the recipe went with her so I’m so glad to find this recipe 🙂 To make it easier to get in the pan I broke off chunks from the chilled dough and spread them around the pan – then I placed a piece of parchment paper on top and pressed it into place with a rolling pin. Thanks for a great recipe and the memories it brought back!

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