Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Monday, January 07, 2008

Cookie Day 2008

Last year I blogged about Cookie Day. It's a big workday at Bluff Spring Fen. The occasion is the opportunity to get rid of the end of all of your Christmas cookies- but it's really an excuse to get a very large group of volunteers together to do some major brush and tree clearing. This year, I left my camera at home, but I did get some great before and after pictures.

Just for grins, we'll start with the picture taken just before last year's Cookie Day. We kept working in the same area- so this year's "before" picture is last year's "after" picture.

December 29, 2008- 1 week before the workday

Jan 6, 1 day after the workday. We are doing final cleanup and spreading a whole bunch of prairie seeds here. The snow endured until Cookie Day and disappeared in about 24 hours.

Some years ago, I actually had some Jan Hagels make it from Christmas until Cookie Day. They were a big hit. The next year, it was pointed out (repeatedly) that I had NOT brought them. Now I have to make a batch every year just for Cookie Day (which alsays seems to me like it's defeating part of the purpose. But I digress). Lemuel will vouch for their popularity.

Jan Hagels are actually easy to make

1 c butter (2 sticks)
1 c sugar
1 egg, separated
1 tsp almond extract
2 c all purpose flour
1/2 c sliced almonds
1 tblsp sugar mixed with 1/4 tsp cinnamon

1. Cream butter and sugar. Stir in egg yolk and almond extract.

2. Stir in flour.

3. Turn dough into a 15 x 10 x 1 cookie sheet. Spread evenly to the edges with a spatula.

4. Beat egg white until foamy. Use a pastry brush to spread evenly across suface of dough. Scatter the sliced almonds evenly across dough.

5. Sprinkle sugar cinnamon mixture over dough. Bake 20 minutes (or until golden brown) at 350°. Cool cookies 10 minutes in pan. Cut into 8 lengthwise strips and make 12 diagonal cuts.

Hungry yet?


At 18:50, Anonymous Lemuel said...

You're tempting me to make some more, aren't you, Doug. C'mon, admit it! You're tempting me. I know that you are! Just fess up!


At 20:38, Blogger Ur-spo said...

i don't want to think of cookies for another 3 months!

At 16:27, Anonymous pablo said...

You give out cookies to volunteers? Where do I sign up?

At 21:14, Blogger Doug said...

Oh damn, those look so yummy! I might just have to attempt a gluten-free version.

At 10:40, Blogger Dave Coulter said...


Is that a row of osageorange trees in the top photo? Oh yeah, the cookies look good too...hahaha!

At 17:08, Blogger rodger said...

I thought I'd had enough sweets for a while but those are making my mouth water.

I think I know what I'm making for football this weekend.

At 07:04, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Lem-Temptation is my middle name

Spo- I can always think about cookies

Pablo - Feeding people is one of the most effective ways of getting and keeping volunteers.

Doug- I don't have any idea how you would go about making something like this gluten-free. If you ever succeed with that, let me know. I'd be very interested.

Dave- No Osage orange there. I don't think we have any on our site. The trees that you see there are mulberry, buckthorn, black cherry and box elder. In side of the brush line, there is also a clone of enormous white poplars.

Rodger- have fun with the football weekend. IF you do make these, let me know how they turned out.

At 16:02, Blogger Chilmarkgirl said...

So Doug-no Jan Hagels for me- you are too much of the master for me! I have just taken my firts attempt of Tangerine sorbet out of the ice cream maker- looks terrific- it will be the foil tonight for my coconut pound cake! For dinner we are having a maple brown sugar glazed ham with peach salsa, gruyere cheese scalloped potatoes and sugar snap peas-all while watching the Pats game- with dessert to follow!!! Will let you know if my Tangerine sorbet measures up!!!!

At 19:58, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE Jan Hagels and always used to buy them at one of the dutch bakeries here..
Now I see how easy they are, I am going to try them!
Recipes with photos are the best!

At 09:03, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Hi merrimerri, welcome to the Tapestry. Let me know how your attempt at Jan Hagels goes. They really are easy.

At 18:41, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Doug , I finally got some sliced almonds so will be making these delicious looking cookies this weekend and will let you know how much I like them later!


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