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Spicy Dutch Speculaas Cookie Recipe

Dear friend, Have you met my friend, Speculaas? You surely must.

Speculaas, she is spicy and sassy and exceptionally gorgeous.

Cream together

  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar

Add remaining ingredients and mix together well:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoons mace
  • 1 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white pepper

Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.

After chilled, roll out onto a floured surface. Preheat oven to 350F.

Roll with regular rolling pin to about 1/4 inch thick, then roll over with a speculaas rolling pin if you like.

Then using cookie cutters cut out basic shapes.

Oh so pretty.

Squares, perhaps? I think yes.

Brush cookies lightly with a beaten egg for a little bit of shine. Bake cookies for about 15-20 minutes.

I could roll and roll and roll… happy girl.

Indeed, I promise you will be dear friends forever and ever.

Recipe makes about 2 dozen gorgeous spicy cookies.

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Deanna’s love for baking and cooking first began when she sat upon a baker’s stool as a little girl. Her love for people grew in the midst of church potlucks. Today, she expresses these loves creatively through speaking engagements and food writing. Deanna hosted guests, including celebrities, at her award-winning B&B in the Snoqualmie Valley. Deanna has been seen on both local and national television with her Saucy Balsamic Burgers which knocked 'N Sync's Joey Fatone to his knees. Besides her children, Deanna’s mud pie is one of the most beautiful things she has ever created.

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7 Responses

  1. Mom

    So pretty and delicious,
    Love, Love ,Love these <3

    • Linda Casteel

      Dear Deanna,
      I loved these beautiful cookies so much. We just got home from spending a wonderful time in your home enjoying these yummy cookies. I enjoyed them so much I am making them this evening to share with friends tomorrow. I will share about our wonderful stay in your home and about your wonderful cooking. Thank you for sharing your recipe so quickly.

  2. Isa


    I was scouring the web for speculoos recipes when I fortunately stumbled upon your blog. I love your cookie roller design! I just bought all materials I need to start making dutch speculaas however I don’t have the cookie roller. Where could I get one of those pretty dainty rollers? Thank you!


  3. Sarah

    Hi, can u please tell me what mace is? I am from outh Africa and someone has asked me to make these biscuits for them

  4. huntfortheverybest

    your cookies are beautiful!

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