Dutch Speculaas

 It's this time of year again: my favorite season has begun! Shorter days, colder outside, great light, beautiful colors. Time to get the 'speculaaskruiden' out! 

Speculaas is a Dutch delicacy with lots of spices. It's especially made in Fall and Winter. 



What you need

300 grams of flour

150 grams of brown sugar

175 grams of butter

4 tablespoons speculaaskruiden (see further how to make your own)

bit of salt

2 tablespoons ice cold water


What to do

Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius

Mix all ingredients until you have a ball of dough

Line a baking pan with baking paper

Press the dough flat to about 1cm thckness

Bake for 30 minutes

Cut into squares immediately after taking the speculaas out of the oven, because otherwise it will break while cutting

Let cool down 


For 'speculaaskruiden' mix together:

8 teaspoons cinnamon (grinded)

2 teaspoons cloves (grinded)

2 teaspoons nutmeg (grinded)

1 teaspoon coriander seed (grinded)

1 teaspoon aniseed (grinded)

1 teaspoon ginger powder

3/4 teaspoon cardamom (grinded)



The Ginger Beer that I brewed last week was featured by Scrapality



The Hydrangea Wreath that I made a couple of weeks ago was featured by April J Harris!



  1. These sound delicious & perfect with a cuppa! I need gluten free being celiac but I'm sure I can just use gluten free products to make these delicious biscuits.
    You're most welcome to join me in a cuppa at Tea With Jennifer,

    1. I think you can just replace the flour by gluten free flour. Enjoy!

  2. This sounds divine, I've not heard of Speculaas but I'm always up for trying something new, especially with ALL my favourite spices in it!

    1. Honestly, it IS divine, hahaha! One of the best recipes of the Dutch!

  3. I have never tried this but I am sure it is delicious. Great with tea or coffee. Thanks for sharing. #HomeMattersParty

    1. Thanks. It's hearty and sweet and the same time.

  4. Souds delicious! Our mornings and evenings have cooled off and have become quite enjoyable!

    1. Same here. After a long hot summer I love it when it gets cooler and everybody is more and more withdrawing into their houses. I'm looking forward to Winter, with candles, blankets, the woodstove burning and Netflix.

  5. Liz, your cracker and coffee combo looks delish. Thank you for joining Meraki Link Party.


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