FFwD: Speculoos

These cookies are all over the place in Belgium and Holland at Christmas time, and are called Speculaas so I assume that Dorie Greenspan’s Speculoos are the exact same.

I made these as a hostess gift for a Christmas party I attended and enjoyed making them so much that I decided to make three batches!  The spices in the cookies make your entire kitchen smell like the holidays and they are perfect dipped in coffee/tea/cocoa or smeared with Nutella.

These are very easy to make and I didn’t even have to go to the grocery store to get the ingredients.  I followed Dorie’s recipe exactly as stated in her cookbook Around My French Table (with the addition of an egg that she left out in the book).  We aren’t supposed to publish Dorie’s recipe on our blogs so I found a similar one on Epicurious.com:

Belgian Spice Cookies Recipe Adapted from Epicurious


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg


Combine first 6 ingredients in medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat brown sugar and butter on medium speed in large bowl until light. Add egg and beat until fluffy. Gradually add dry ingredients and beat on the lowest speed just until combined. Divide dough in half. Flatten each half into rectangle. Wrap with plastic; chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter 2 large baking sheets. Roll out 1 dough piece on lightly floured work surface to 13 x 9-inch rectangle. Trim edges to form 12×8-inch rectangle. Cut into 24 4×1-inch rectangles. Lightly press miniature cookie cutter into each rectangle to make imprints (do not cut through dough). Arrange cookies on prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake until edges begin to darken, about 8 minutes. Transfer cookies to rack and cool. Repeat with remaining dough piece.


16 responses to “FFwD: Speculoos

  1. These are definitely going into my Christmas baskets this year, along with the spiced nuts. Yours look lovely.

  2. Great info and recipe, thanks for sharing this one, will try it out soon

  3. Your cookies are beautiful! We loved these too! Such a nice, light & spicy cookie. Happy Holidays!

  4. I hope some of these make it up to the cabin with you!

  5. Ah yes, I know these cookies well. I’ve devoured many while living in Holland and I’m sure my husband did too while living in Belgium for 10 years 🙂 Now thanks to you I can make some of my own!

  6. We certainly loved them at the office!!!

  7. I am making these! All the ingredients are already in my cupboard! If I remember one thing from Belgium- its those cookies!

  8. Your cookies turned out so perfect! Great photos!

  9. Three times? I better not skip these this month! Glad to hear they were a hit 🙂

  10. Three batches, I’m impressed!

  11. Three batches! I’m impressed! I could barely knock out ONE!

  12. They look wonderful. Hopefully you kept some to have as a treat for your Christmas in the cabin… doesn’t that sound lovely!

    I wish I had time to make more!!!

  13. I bet these are delicious with Nutella! 🙂 Your cookies look perfect!

  14. I hate rolling dough but had to admit it was worth it for these beautifully simple cookies. I even like your plain edge cookie cut out. I wish I had thought of that!
    Trevor Sis. Boom.

  15. The simple, round shape is just lovely!

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