These cookies are a Dutch traditional food just like Kruidnoten, which is delicious and served around and on Sinterklaas. Dutch speculaas are cookies with seasoning which gives it a warm feeling inside. I usually can’t get enough of it and keep on eating it. Homemade they are the best! Each year in November I prepare a batch of a Dutch speculaas recipe.
The ingredients are flour, butter, dark castor sugar, milk, salt and speculaas seasoning. I make the seasoning myself and love the recipe for it from Zoetrecepten.
Other ways of serving speculaas is as gingerbreadmen or speculaasmannetjes. Another perfect Sinterklaas recipe are Spiced Cupcakes. Perfect together with these cookies would be a Snowman Hot Chocolate!
This is a delicious recipe from the cookbook “Alle dagen feest!” from Xenos. Since I didn’t make small cookies I had to bake it 30 minutes instead of 15 to 20 minutes.
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Allergies: gluten, wheat, dairy, sugar.
250 grams flour
150 grams butter
4 teaspoons speculaas seasoning
125 grams dark castor sugar
2 tablespoons milk
In a food processor knead the flour, butter, sugar, seasoning, milk and a bit of salt into a dough. Shape it into a ball. Wrap it in cling foil and place it in the fridge. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
Divide the dough on a baking sheet.
Bake in a preheated 180°C/356°F oven for 30 minutes.
Let it cool down. Break into pieces and serve!
- Recipe source is the cookbook Alle dagen feest!.
- When baking cookies from the dough it’s enough for 30 cookies. These only need to go 15 minutes in the oven.
- If you prepare the dough 2 days before baking it, the flavor is best.
- In the Netherlands there are special molds for shapes in windmills or figures.
- Speculaas seasoning can be replaced with pumpkin spice seasoning. They’re not the same, but come close.