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Serves 5 dozen | Prep Time 20 minutes | Cook Time 12 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

My father was Dutch baker and specialized in these classic Dutch cookies. I was determined to find a recipe that would rival the ones he used to make. We called them Windmill cookies back then because he used a windmill mold to shape the dough. I found a passable recipe on Martha Stewart's site a while back, but I really wanted to perfect the spices. I was able to find a great combination of spices on a Dutch website, so I combined the recipes and came up with these! Now I just need the windmill mold and they will be perfect....

Ingredients You'll Need

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup white sugar
1/1/4 cups dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 1/2 tablespoons speculaas spice*
1 teaspoon kosher salt

* Speculaas spice:

8 parts cinnamon
2 parts nutmeg
2 parts ground cloves
1 part white pepper
1 part ground ginger
1 part cardamom

This combination of spices can be found in recipes dating back to the fifteenth century


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream butter, vanilla, and both kinds of sugar until light and fluffy. Add both eggs and blend well.

Whisk all of the dry ingredients together and slowly add to the butter mixture, combining until the dough pulls from the side of the bowl.

Divide the dough in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Roll out dough to 1/4" or 1/8" thick and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Questions, Comments & Reviews

My Dad was from Holland, and every year we celebrate St. Nicholaas, my Oma used to send us speculaas from Holland. It was so good! I have been looking for a good recipe for speculaas for years!! This one is great! I tried it a few weeks ago to see if it would work for our celebration. I was so impressed with the texture and mostly with the perfect combination of spices.Today I am making a second batch for our St. Nicholaas party this week. Thank you so much. Dutch Girl

I am Dutch and have lived in the US for a long time. I had a couple of speculaas spice packetsI bought in Holland on one of my visits home and decided to make some "speculaasjes" for this holiday season. I found this wonderful authentic recipe. The cookies tasted just like the ones we used to buy in Holland from a good "banket bakker"!! I'll have to send for more spice packets from Holland because all my friends here are begging for more of my speculaas cookies. Good job cwiech!!

I love the commercial ones! BUT the cost keeps going up and up so I thought I would make some... These are slightly different in texture than the commercial ones BUT the flavour is Fantastic!!! LOVED them and the recipe makes heaps and heaps of biscuits!!! AND the flavour and texture improves with time!!! I am thinking of writing up the recipe and packaging up the spice mix and giving that away as Christmas Gifts to all my friends who love to bake!!! EXCELLENT RECIPE!!!

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