Cookies Iconic Speculaas Cookies 4.89 from 9 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Save Recipe My Iconic Speculaas Cookies recipe is deliciously crispy, warmly spiced and bound to be (or become!) a holiday tradition in your house! By Gemma Stafford | November 27, 2020 | 59 Last updated on December 15, 2020 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! Dutch speculaas or speculoos — whatever you call these deliciously crispy, warmly spiced cookies, they’re bound to be (or become!) a holiday tradition in your house! On top of having that incredible taste and crisp bite, my Iconic Speculaas Cookies recipe gives you an absolutely beautiful treat to share around the table or to wrap up in some pretty gift bags that you can surprise your friends and family with. Usually, speculaas are made by using a mold that is imprinted on them. You can use either speculaas molds or an embossed rolling pin and a 2.5-inch (6.5 cm) round cookie cutter as I do. If you don’t have the mold or rolling pin, don’t fret! These cookies still taste great even without a signature look! What Are Speculaas Cookies? Speculaas cookies are a Dutch spiced shortcrust cookie that’s usually served the day before the feast of St. Nicholas, which takes place on December 5. Now, it’s not unusual to see these baked up in homes and bakeries all through the winter. The ingredients that give these cookies their distinct flavoring are warm spices, including cinnamon, ground cloves, aniseed, nutmeg, and ginger. Not only do they taste amazing — they’ll fill your entire house with a warm, comforting scent while they bake! What You Need To Make Speculaas Measuring Cups and Spoons Mixing bowls Speculaas mold, an embossed rolling pin, or a regular rolling pin. 2 ½ inch round cookie cutter 2 baking sheets Parchment paper Plastic wrap How To Make Speculaas Cookies Making these delicious cookies couldn’t be easier, and Santa will undoubtedly thank you for leaving them out the night of his yearly ride! Here is how you make them (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below): In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, aniseed, nutmeg, white pepper, ginger, and salt. Set this bowl aside. Using an electric mixer, blend the butter and sugar for a few minutes until it becomes fluffy. Beat the milk into the butter/sugar mixture and gradually add the flour and spice mixture. Once combined, gather the dough into a ball, flatten it into a disk, and cover it well with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour, until firm. When it is ready to bake, preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C). Line your two baking sheets with parchment paper. If you are using speculaas mold, dust the molds with rice flour, press a piece of the dough into the mold, and then tap the mold to release the dough. Cutaway any extra dough, and repeat! If you are using an embossed rolling pin, roll the dough to a 1/8-inch (3mm) thickness on a surface dusted with rice flour. Then use the cookie cutter to cut out your cookies. You can also use a plain rolling pin for this step; if you do not have an embossed rolling pin, your cookies will just be design-less. Place the cut-out cookies onto the prepared baking sheets and bake for about 15-18 minutes until they are slightly golden. Allow the cookies to cool completely on racks. Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Speculaas If you don’t have rice flour on hand to dust your molds and work area, you can use all-purpose flour. However, AP flour won’t disappear with baking. You can use a regular rolling pin if you don’t have speculaas molds or an embossed rolling pin! They’ll still taste great! Make sure your dough is very cold for easier handling. Use a pastry brush to remove any excess flour from the cookies before baking. Traditionally, flaked almonds are added to these cookies. If you’d like to add them, press a few almonds into your rolled cookies. If using molds, or an embossed roller, you can press the almonds into the cookie’s underside. You can make the dough ahead and freeze it for up to 2 months! Ready to go for the holidays! How Do I Store Speculaas? You can keep leftover speculaas cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. However, you can also freeze the raw dough for up to 2 months! Make More Cookies At Home! Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies Classic Austrian Linzer Cookies 3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook! Full (and printable) recipe below! Try These Recipes! Gemma's Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies RecipeCinnamon Roll CookiesHomemade Thin MintsHomemade Samoas Cookies (Girl Scout Toasted Coconut Cookies) Iconic Speculaas Cookies Recipe 4.89 from 9 votes Print Recipe Add to Favorites Loading… My Iconic Speculaas Cookies recipe is deliciously crispy, warmly spiced and bound to be (or become!) a holiday tradition in your house! Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 25 cookies Dessert Christmas Baking Pans Oven Prep Time 20 minsCook Time 15 mins My Iconic Speculaas Cookies recipe is deliciously crispy, warmly spiced and bound to be (or become!) a holiday tradition in your house! Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 25 cookies Ingredients 1 ⅔ cups (8 ⅓ oz/236g) all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powder½ teaspoon baking soda2 teaspoons cinnamon½ teaspoon ground cloves½ teaspoon ground aniseed¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg¼ teaspoon black pepper¼ teaspoon ground dried ginger¼ teaspoon salt½ cup (4oz/115g) butter at room temperature¾ cup (4½oz/128g) brown sugar2 tablespoons milkfine rice flour (for rolling) Instructions Special equipment: speculaas molds or an embossed rolling pin and a 2.5-inch (6.5 cm) round cookie cutter. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, aniseed, nutmeg, black pepper, ginger, and salt. Set aside.With an electric mixer, blend the butter and sugar for a few minutes, until fluffy.Beat in the milk, then gradually add the flour mixture.Once the dough is combined, gather it into a ball, flatten it into a disk, cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (at least one hour).When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C) and line two baking sheets with parchment.If using the speculaas molds, dust the molds with rice flour, press a piece of dough into the mold, tap the mold to release the dough, and cut away any extra dough. Repeat with the remaining dough.If using an embossed rolling pin, roll out the dough to a 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness on a surface dusted with rice flour, then use a 2 ½ inch cutter to cut out your cookies.Place rolled and cut cookies on the prepared baking sheets and bake for about 15-18 minutes until slightly golden. Let cool completely on racks.Store speculaas cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.