Speculaas (Dutch spice cookies)

Author:Inspired by Sunset Cookies


3/4 cups butter, firm
2 cups unbleached white flour
1/2 tbsp. baking powder
3/4 cups butter, firm
11/4 tbsp. Speculaaskruiden (see recipe)
 cloves, cardemom, nutmeg
 ground white pepper
1 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1/8 tbsp. salt
2 tbsp. milk
1/4 cups almonds, blanched


  1. Cut the butter in pieces. Mix butter and dry ingredients together in food processor to consistency of dry crumbs. Then add the milk and blend until a dough forms.
  2. Preheat the oven at 300 °F (140 °C).
  3. Sprinkle the mold with flour. Break a piece of the dough and push it in the mold. Cut the excess dough off using a knife. Turn upside down and hit the top, so that the dough falls onto the greased baking plate.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the middle of the oven.