Saturday, 28 November 2015

Speclaas Cookies (Dutch Spice Cookies)

These cookies remind me of my childhood!  We had a Dutch couple who lived across the road when I grew up, Auntie Ruth and Uncle Bill.  Auntie Ruth always had treats for us and my bestie growing up Gary and I would always be over there after school eating those treats!

The best thing was the whole house smelt of these cookies coming up to Christmas!  Now i don't think Auntie Ruth actually cooked them, more she opened the packet and laid them out for us.

If she made them herself or opened the packet, I really don't mind, this to me is one of those Christmas smells that I love, right along with the fresh cut Christmas Tree!

These cookies are traditionally put into wooden molds in the shape of windmills however I A. don't have one and B. Got this fantastic 1970's swedish cookie press with a tree plate on it that I wanted to try.

250 gm plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
150 gm brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and cloves
1/4 teaspoon each of ground nutmeg, ginger and cardamom
150 gm butter

Combine all ingredients in your mixer and beat slowly until combined then turn up, you may need to add a couple of tablespoons of ice water until everything comes to a soft dough.

If using a cookie press, fill the chamber and using your desired pattern, press out onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.  Bake in 170C pre heated oven for 20 minutes.

If these last a week you have a very restrained household!


  1. Oooh I love the sound of these - can't wait to give them a try!

  2. Ever year I say I'm going to make these and I never do! You've definitely inspired me! Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party xx

    1. I was the same Lucy and since I made my first batch we have had them every week in the cookie box. They are so easy and quick to put together.

  3. These sound amazing and so christmassy!

    1. Thanks Jayne :) they make the house smell fantastic and well to be truthful, I think I ate most of them! They are fantastic dipped in a nice hot coffee.

  4. These sound delicious and I love food that brings back childhood memories too. Thanks so much for sharing with YWF and for linking up each week. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and here's to a wonderful 2017.