Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Netherlands. Speculaas a favorite Christmas and St. Nicholas cookie.

Every December 6, Saint Nicholas Day, brings speculaas to Holland. Nicolas offers the cookies to children's who have behaved well throughout the year.
Speculaas is a favorite St. Nicholas and Christmas cookies. The dough is pressed into decorative wooden molds and then baked on a baking sheets.

The imaginative designs appeal to children of all ages, and the aromatic spice cookies are also part of the Advent tradition in Belgium and Germany.



  • 250 g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp cloves and ginger
  • 100 g butter
  • 150 g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • grated peel of lemon
  • 50 g ground almonds
In a large bowl mix flour with baking powder and spices. In another bowl cream butter with sugar, then add lemon eel and egg. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and add almonds. Stir well. Gradually add the remaining flout mixture and make a dough. Wrap the dough and cool 3-4 hours. Grease the wooden molds (if you don't have use metal or plastic forms) and lightly flour them. Press the dough into the forms and remove the extras at the edges. Then remove dough forms from the molds and bake in preheated oven on baking sheet for about 10-15 minutes. Let them cool and transfer Speculaas to a cooling rack.


Chef Tom said...

This brings back memories of my past trips to the Netherlands! I can't wait to go back.

zip35 said...

how does one calculate 1/2 tsp "cloves and ginger?" Does that mean 1/4 tsp of each?
thank you.

Kristalina said...

Hi, zip35, you are absolutely right, 1/4 tsp of each, or 1/2 tsp of mixture of grinded cloves and ginger.

Thanks a lot for your comment.

JK said...

What's the cooking temperature please.

Kristalina said...

165 degrees Celsius