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Holiday Cookies Spiced Speculaas Recipe

Spiced Speculaas Recipe

by Gourmet Food World
Star-shaped cookies with a spiced twist are perfect for the Holidays! A traditional Dutch cookie served during the holiday season all over Europe, these crisp golden cookies are seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and other spices.

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Yield: 2 dozen

Spiced Speculaas Recipe Instructions


  • 8 oz. all purpose sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. grated nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. ground white pepper
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ salt
  • 4 oz. butter
  • 4.5 oz. muscovado sugar
  • 2 tbsp. whole milk
  • Finely grated orange zest, from 2 oranges
  • 1 cup powered sugar, sifted
  • 1 ½ tsps. boiling water
  • 4 drops orange juice
  • 1 oz. almond slivers
  • Edible sugar pearls, optional


  1. Pre-heat oven to 330ºF
  2. Mix  butter, sugar, and add the milk and grated orange zest in a bowl. Sift the flour with baking powder, add baking soda, spices and salt and incorporate. Form the dough and press into a flat disc. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick. Cut out using star shaped cookie cutters or your favorite shape. You can decorate half of the cookies with shaved almonds. Place in a prepped cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden. Let cool over wire rack.
  4. Mix  powdered sugar with  lemon juice and  water for the glaze and brush over the cookies. Decorate with edible pearls, and leave to dry.

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