How to make homemade Speculoos Cookies from scratch! Old fashioned speculaas cookies are pressed into a mold for a beautiful finish!
Day 9 of the annual 12 Days of Christmas Cookies 2021!
I’ve been obsessed with homemade speculoos cookies ever since Biscoff Cookies appeared on Delta and swept the Nation. (I am not immune.) For years I perfected the spice mix and have been working on the cookie recipe.
This recipe is less sweet than Biscoff and more in line with traditional, old-fashioned speculoos cookies. In my craze, I even bought several vintage molds off Ebay. I dove into the depths of the internet and my extensive antique cookbook collection to gather all the tips and tricks for beautiful molded cookies.
They are easier to pull together than you might think, so, go forth, make a big batch of Speculoos Spice Mix and make some cookies! Even if you don’t have a mold, you can roll the dough and cut it out with cookie cutters.
Stay tuned, because I’ve got something else delicious up my sleeve to make using these cookies.
What are Speculoos Cookies?
What a weird word, right? There are rumors it derives from the Latin word “speculum” which means mirror and could refer to the stamp used to decorate speculaas in bas-relief. We now do that with the molds! “Speculoos” is the Belgian spelling, in comparison to the Dutch “speculaas” and apparently spices were more expensive to import to Beligium so there are less spices in that mixture. My coveted spice mix recipe includes:
- 20 g Ground Cinnamon (2 ¼ T)
- 6 g Ground Cloves (3 t)
- 5 g Ground Nutmeg (2 t)
- 3 g White Pepper, freshly ground (1 teaspoon)
- 6 g Aniseed, freshly ground (2 teaspoon)
- 3 g Ground ginger (1 ½ t)
- 2 g Cardamom, freshly ground (from green pods) (1/2 teaspoon)
Speaking of the molds, it helps if you dust them in rice flour before you use them (just trust me…)
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And who could leave out Day 1, Italian Pizzelles!? Make them all!Print