Jan Hagels have a long history for the Dutch and most will tell you their "Oma" (grandma) baked them at Christmas. The name Jan Hagel isn't actually a person the cookie was named after, but rather the word, janhagel which translates to unruly mob, swarm, or "ragtag." In the 17th century, janhagel was a name give to sailors, riffraft, common people, and people on the fringes of society and these cookies appealed to them! Even though they were baked at Christmas, particularly, the feast of St. Nicholas, these cookies are enjoyed throughout the year.
Jan Hagels (Dutch spice cookie)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (I chose to use Speculaas spices)
2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Egg wash (1 large egg beaten with 1 tsp. water)
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula and add the egg. Beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients, all at once and mix on low speed, just until combined.