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Speculaas

Speculaas

Speculaas

Speculaas
5.0 rating based on 12,345 ratings
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Course: Cutout Cookies, Rolled Cookies, Molded CookiesCuisine: Holland, NetherlandsDifficulty: Medium
Servings

36

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Spiced Dutch Windmill Cookies normally formed with a special wooden speculaas mold (see note*, below), but can also be cut out with cookie cutters. In Belgium these are called Speculoos.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter; softened

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1-1/4 cups brown sugar, firmly packed

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground anise seed

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl combine butter and vanilla with both sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add beaten eggs and blend well. Sift the flour and all remaining dry ingredients together and beat into the butter mixture. Mix in the sliced almonds by hand, so as not to crush them. Divide the dough into four equal portions and chill overnight. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Roll the cooled dough out into 1/4-inch thick portions and shape with a speculaas mold (see note*, below) or other cookie mold or stamp. Bake for 10-15 minutes and remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

  • This classic Dutch recipe is also known as St. Nicholas Cookies, Dutch Windmill Cookies, or in northern Germany, Spekulatius. In Belgium they are Speculoos.
  • * You can find traditional, hand-made wooden speculaas molds at CookieMold.com or less expensive plastic ones at Amazon.com. There’s also a huge selection of vintage and handmade speculaas molds over at Etsy and Ebay.
  • If you don’t have a speculaas mold, you can just cut these out with cookie cutters.
  • Yield depends entirely on how large your cookie molds are.

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★★★★★
My husband really liked these cookies. I am making another batch right now.
- A Baker

★★★★★
Best ever cookies I have ever made! They are crispy, crunchy and full of flavor. Will make them every year.
- Vilma

★★★★★
These are the best cookies - have been making them at Christmas for the past few years! Delicious!!
- A Baker

★★★★★
Amazing! These will definitely be a tradition from now on. They spread out a little more than I expected and I'm wondering why, but otherwise perfect
- KW

★★★★★
I've made them 2 years in a row and each time I really loved them. One thing I noticed, however, was that this year, they were definitely less flavorful compared with last year's batch. My friend suggested that this might be because the spices were less fresh; I therefore suggest making sure that you invest in new spices for the best effect.
- A Baker

★★★★★
Delicious!!! The REAL Speculaas. This will be my new speculaas recipe. I didn't have ground anise so I added a few drops of anise extract.
- Grandma Hoekstra
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