Oct 19, 2011
Samantha Angela

Speculaas: Dutch Spice Cookies

It’s Week 4 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies and. . .

. . . I may have found my new favourite cookie.

Yeah, I’m going to go out there and say it. The homemade oreos and winning chocolate chip cookies have some serious competition from these bad boys:


I love spiced cookies—spiced anything really. Lemon is good. Fruit is fine. Those light and fluffy desserts are okay. Rich, flavour-packed sweets? I’ll take two. Or 4. …actually just give me all of them

These cookies fulfill my spice cravings and they are loaded with lots of flavour. They’re perfect for baking in the fall and winter. They’re made for Christmas, quite literally.

Speculaas koekjes are the Dutch version of gingerbread. Sometimes you can find them here shaped as windmills and called Dutch windmill cookies (Voortman makes some, but they got nothin’ on the homemade version). They are traditionally baked in celebration of December 5th, St. Nicholas’ Eve, in the Netherlands.

Speculaas are usually baked in wooden cookie moulds (often shaped like the man of the hour, St. Nick himself), but I don’t even own cookie cutters, so I went with the “slice and bake” option.

This recipe made 120 crisp, spicy, twoonie-sized cookies. 120. Matt and I ate them all in less than a week.

Did I mention I was getting a little soft around the edges?

Damn you delicious cookies.


Speculaas Koekjes (Dutch Spice Cookies)

These cookies just may be my favourite cookies ever. They’re slightly crisp and full of flavour and very very addictive. I got this recipe from a website dedicated to St. Nicholas with tonnes of different versions of cookies from different countries. You should check it out.

makes about 10 dozen small cookies


2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups butter
3 1/2 cups flour
1 egg, beaten
1 t salt, scant
1 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon
3/4 t cloves
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t allspice
1/2 t ginger


Cream together the butter and sugar. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix until you get a stiff dough.

Shape the dough into 4 logs 1.5” in diameter and chill, covered, for several hours or overnight. (This helps to develop the flavour or the spices in the dough). Slice and the cookies and cover them with granulated sugar. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet about 1cm or so apart.

Bake the cookies at 350º F. for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly golden (if they’re soft, that’s okay. They will firm up when cooled). Let cool on a rack before eating.


This recipe is being linked up at Meal Planning Magic the host of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies.

12 weeks of christmas graphic

Prior Posts:

Week 3: Poppy Seed Filling
Week 2: Cinnamon Bun Cookies
Week 1: Soft & Pillowy Coconut Frosted Cookies

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  • I made these a few weeks ago and I agree – delicious! I think I would have died if I had to cut out 120 cookies, though! Great pick for week 4!

  • These sound amazing!! I love spiced cookies too!! Great idea to slice and bake!!!

  • I recently had a bar of Dolfin milk chocolate with speculaas (it was spelled speculoos I think) and surprisingly really liked it. I’m not usually a fan of spiced cookies but with chocolate, I am. Good for you that you found a new favorite cookie!

  • Your spice cookies look tasty, especially topped with that granulated sugar :)


  • Those sound fabulous. I have seen the windmill versions in stores, but have never tried them. I can imagine how addicting the homemade version must be.

  • They look fantastic. They sparkle so nicely with the sugar on them. Looks like another to add to the “must try” pile.

  • Those look so good! Love a decent spice cookie. :) I haven’t had the guts to try speculaas before, but I will have to, now!

  • I love how these cookies turned out. I always stayed away from trying them because of not having the cutters. Silly me. I think these look just as good and I love that the recipe yields so many!!!

  • Would you believe I’ve been thinking about speculaas cookies these last few days? I’m with you, a spice cookie is my treat of choice, as you can see from the cookies I’ve been making so far for the 12 Weeks.

  • These look like my kind of cookie, too. I love spiced anything. Fall flavors are my favorite…no doubt about it! Especially that tang from ginger…can’t get enough!

  • [...] know how much I love cookies, so I was excited for this challenge. We had the option to make Dutch Speculaas (which was obviously enticing for me because they are my favourite cookie), Italian biscotti, [...]

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