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Spekulatius Cookies

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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.
 
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Step 1: What you will need:

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Ingredients:

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.

Equipment:

Measuring cups and spoons
Mixing bowls and mixer
Rolling pin
Cookie cutters
Parchment paper
Cookie sheets

Yield: Makes about 4 dozen cookies.



Step 2: Cream egg and sugar

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Take the butter out of the refrigerator ahead of time to warm up to room temperature.  With a mixer (or by hand) cream together three quarter cups of butter and one cup of light brown sugar until it is light and fluffy.

Step 3: Egg, almonds,salt and milk

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Add one egg,
one cup of ground almonds,
a quarter teaspoon salt,
and three tablespoons of milk
mix well.

Step 4: Flour and spices

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Toss in the ground spices and gradually add three cups of flour forming a stiff dough.

Step 5: Knead, wrap and refrigerate

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At this point you may need to knead the dough to work in all of the flour (if it is too dry you can add a bit more milk).  Form the dough into a smooth ball, wrap in plastic wrap and store in the fridge overnight (or if you are in a hurry, a minimum of one hour).

Step 6: Next day. . .

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Cover your cookie sheets in parchment paper. 
Sprinkle flour over your work surface,rolling pin, and cookie cutters.
if the edges get too dark, when you make the second batch turn the oven down 5 degrees. just a friendly reminder
ChrysN (author)  #OccupyInstruct3 years ago
Cool, thanks for the tip.
knektek4 years ago
it looks better with the burnt edges, because the cookies look like if they have been laser but :P
ChrysN (author)  knektek4 years ago
Laser cut cookies, that sounds fun.
I have an Epilog laser, and I hadn't yet tried foodstuffs in it, other than attempting to laser engrave some nuts. Thought about trying Matzoh, but not speculaas cookies.
ChrysN (author)  thepelton4 years ago
I bet you could do a lot of amazing stuff with a laser cutter, I'd love to have access to one. Engraving nuts seems pretty neat.
Someone else had an instructable on engraving nuts. I don't remember exactly where it was, but I tried it myself, and got no results on pecans as of yet. I put one in the machine, and it didn't seem to do anything.
thepelton4 years ago
I read about speculaas cookies in a fantasy book about thirty years ago called "Van Loon's lives". I never knew they were similar to the windmill cookies I loved all my life. This makes me hungry!
mikeasaurus4 years ago
mmmm Christmas cookies.