Difficult to say but yummy to eat, these cookies are also known as German Spice cookies. They are similar to the Dutch Speculaas cookies (Dutch windmill cookies) and the Belgian Speculoos.
When I was a kid my mom used to bake loads of cookies every Christmas, her Spekulatius cookies were one of my favorite, I got the recipe from her so now I don't have to wait for Christmas to eat them . Here is her recipe.
Step 1: What you will need:
3/4 cup butter 1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup light brown sugar 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup ground almonds 1/4 tsp. ground cardamon
1 large egg 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
3 cups flour 1/4 tsp. ground mace*
3 tbsp. milk 1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds (optional)
*If you can't find mace you can substitute it with nutmeg.
Measuring cups and spoons
Mixing bowls and mixer
Yield: Makes about 4 dozen cookies.