RECIPE: Speculaas Cookie


SPECULAAS (they smell (and taste) simple stunning!)
This recipe is from our Holland International Dinner Night.


2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
3 tsp speculaas spice (see spice recipe below) 
1/2 tsp baking soda
zest of a small/medium orange
95g butter (softtened, not melted)
100ml milk

Speculaas Spice (note: makes more than you will need)
5 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground coriander seeds
1/4 tsp ground anise seeds

Optional topping
egg white for brushing on top
thin sliced almonds to top
1/3 cup demerera sugar (bruine basterdsuiker) for sprinkling on top


  1. Prepare the spice and store in a sealable container as it makes more than you need (well, more than you need for one batch! You’ll need it for additional batches)
  2. To make the dough, mix all the dry ingredients thoroughly in a bowl, then stir in wet ingredients until your dough reaches a consistency, that it is no longer sticky and can be needed. Add a little more flour if necessary.
  3. Lightly flour your work surface and knead out the dough sprinkling lightly with flour if necessary until you have a smooth consistency and it is no longer sticking to your hands.
  4. Here’s the trick, form a large ball with the dough and wrap it in plastic wrap, and let it sit for an hour so the spices can permeate the mixture and really start activating.
  5. After an hour, roll out your dough out to about 3-4mm thick (1/7″), lightly flouring your rolling pin if necessary to avoid sticking, and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter of your choice.
  6. Preheat your oven to 175˚C (350˚F) – (150˚C if using a fan forced oven)
  7. Put on an oven tray on baking paper, brush with egg white, sprinkle the sugar on and drop 2 or 3 almond slices onto each cookie. Dough should make about 24.
  8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, they should go slightly darker.
  9. Allow to cool on a cooling rack, brew a coffee and try not to eat them all in one sitting!

Smakt lekker!


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