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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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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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