Spiced Speculaas Spiced Speculaas

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These fragrantly spiced cookies originatefrom Holland, where they are enjoyed at the feast of Sinterklaas (S. Nicholas, a Dutch holiday character).

  • Portion size 15 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons each cinnamon and ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground cardamom ground cloves and ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper


In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy; beat in egg. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir into butter mixture just until combined.

Turn out dough onto lightly floured work surface; knead a few times until smooth. Divide dough in half; shape into 2 discs. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Dust 3- x 4 1/2-inch (8 x 11 cm) wooden cookie (speculaas) moulds lightly with flour. Add 2 tbsp of the dough to each mould, pressing firmly and tapping on work surface to imprint image. Flip over; tap corner of moulds or use blunt end of knife to release dough. Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Trim excess dough from around edges. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough.

Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350?F (180?C) oven until edges are darkened and tops
are firm, about 15 minutes. Let cool on pans for 3 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 5 days.)

Tip from The Test Kitchen:
Look for speculaas moulds in Dutch stores. They vary in size, so adjust the amount of dough per cookie and the baking time accordingly.

Nutritional facts per cookie: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 81 mg
  • Sugars 13 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 166.0
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Potassium 45 mg
  • Cholesterol 27 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 25 g


  • Iron 7.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 11.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 6.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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