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!

7 comments:

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

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    1. Thanks Tara :) Let me know how they turn out.

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  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

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    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.

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  3. These sound amazing and so christmassy!

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    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.

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  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.

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