What would the holidays be without this dutch delight, a slightly spicy shortbread cookie, traditionally served before the St. Nicholas’ feast?



My friend, Carrie, let me borrow her Springerle molds she got from House on the Hill to create these beautiful cookies.  If you’ve never gone out to their site, prepare to be amazed at the selection.  They are works of art!




adapted from House on the Hill

Note: The number of cookies really depends on the mold you pick


3/4 c. room temperature butter, unsalted

2 c. brown sugar (spooned, not packed)

1 egg

1 c. ground almonds

2 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. salt

2 t. all spice

2 t. cocoa

3 c. all-purpose flour


Cream the butter and sugar together (I used a paddle attachment with my stand mixer) and then beat in the egg.  Add the almonds, salt, spices and cocoa and beat until combined.  Lastly, add the flour and beat until a stiff dough is formed.  If too stiff, a few tablespoons of milk can be added to the dough, however, I found I didn’t need the milk.


Refrigerate the dough for 30 to 60 minutes.


Then it’s three easy steps…

1. Spray the mold with canola oil and form a ball of dough…

2. Press the dough into the mold and gently peel it out of the mold…

3. Trim edges and bake.




Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8 to 10 minutes depending on the size of the cookie and depending on desired crispness.


Cool completely on a rack and then store in airtight containers or tins to share.





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5 Responses to Speculaas

  1. Sasha says:

    These were so yummy! I may have eaten more than my share – nom nom nom 🙂

  2. Lisa Gibson says:

    These sound wonderful. Love the spices used. The molds are gorgeous. I bet I could make them with the brown sugar Splenda and then I could have some too. 🙂

  3. Carrie says:

    They are beautiful Tiff! They were delicious too. I *think* I only ate 3…maybe 4 actually. 🙂

  4. These are so pretty! We celebrated St. Nicholas Day at my private school – we had the children leave out their shoes and the next morning…they had a treat from St. Nicholas in them!

    • Streusel says:

      Thanks! I was thinking about starting the St. Nicholas celebration with my daughter next year. She would love getting a treat in her shoes!

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