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Dutch Windmill Cookies normally formed with a special wooden speculaas mold, but can also be cut out with cookie cutters.

Makes about 36

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

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 cut with cookie cutters or shape with a special speculaas mold or other cookie mold or stamp. Bake for 10-15 minutes and store in an airtight container.

Note: This classic Dutch recipe is also known as St. Nicholas Cookies, or in northern Germany, Spekulatius.

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Reviews of Speculaas:

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  Vilma  Dec 22, 2016
Would make this again.
Best ever cookies I have ever made! They are crispy, crunchy and full of flavor. Will make them every year. 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Canada  Nov 3, 2016
Would make this again.
These are the best cookies - have been making them at Christmas for the past few years!
5 stars

  KW in virginia  Dec 20, 2012
Would make this again.
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 5 stars

   Dec 24, 2010
Would make this again.
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. 5 stars

  Grandma Hoekstra in Oregon  Dec 24, 2008
Would make this again.
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. 5 stars

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