Speculaas is a Dutch traditional cookie. If you’ve ever had a windmill cookie, you’ve had speculaas. They’re made with a blend of spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and others. There’s even a version that has two layers of speculaas with an almond filling between them. Absolutely delicious!

Around here, these squares seem to be becoming a Christmas tradition. I will warn you, though, they’re addicting! A cup of coffee or tea and one of these? Oh yeah!! (Just try stopping at one, though)



[printable version]

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 5 tsp speculaas spice mix (recipe follows)
  • Sliced almonds

Cream butter, shortening and sugars. Add eggs and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and spice mix. Add to creamed mixture.

Press into a jelly roll pan. Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake at 325ºF for 30 minuted. Cut into squares while still warm.

Speculaas Spice Mix

  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground mace
  • 1/3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/8 tsp ground anice
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Blend all ingredients in a small glass jar. Use as needed.


3 responses

    • I used a 9×13″ jelly roll pan because that’s what fits in my oven. A larger pan will make thinner cookies. I didn’t line it with parchment, didn’t even grease the pan. I hope you like them. 🙂

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