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Speculaas Holiday Cookies

This is a lovely light cookie to snack on with your afternoon tea

These cookies are also known as St. Nicholas cookies and are eaten around Christmas time in Belgium and the Netherlands. You don't need to have the mold to make these, feel free to make your own shapes with whichever cookie cutter you choose.


  • 1 Cup unsalted butter; softened
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 Teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground anise seed
  • 1/8 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup sliced almonds


In a large mixer bowl combine butter and vanilla with both sugars and cream until light and fluffy.

Add beaten eggs and continue mixing. Sift the flour and all remaining dry ingredients together and beat into the butter mixture.

Mix in the sliced almonds by hand.

Divide the dough into four equal portions, cover and chill overnight.

Pre-heat oven to 350ºF.

Roll the dough out into 1/4-inch thick portions and cut with cookie cutters or shape with a special Speculaas mold or other cookie mold or stamp.

Bake for 10-15 minutes and store in an airtight container.