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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Speculoos are deliciously crumbly traditional St. Nicholas cookies from Belgium, with a distinct spiced flavor which can now be enjoyed all year.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Belgian, Vegetarian
Servings: 50 cookies
Author: Vera Abitbol
  • 4 cups flour , sifted
  • cup brown vergeoise (soft brown sugar)
  • 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder , or baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground anise
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. With a spatula, mix the butter with sugar, salt and spices. Add the eggs one by one and mix well.
  2. Gradually add the flour mixed with the baking powder until obtaining a homogeneous dough.
  3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 F / 190 C.

  5. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces.
  6. Thoroughly dust the work surface with flour and the rolling pin. Roll the first piece dough to a thickness of ¼ inch (5 mm)

  7. Cut the dough with a knife or a cookie cutter and use the wooden or silicone mold to make some prints on the speculoos.
  8. Place the speculoos on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 10 minutes.
  9. Renew the operation until all the dough is used.
  10. When they are out of the oven, wait a few minutes before placing the speculons on a rack and let them cool completely before storing them in a tin box.