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.
Step 2: Cream egg and sugar
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
Add one egg,
one cup of ground almonds,
a quarter teaspoon salt,
and three tablespoons of milk
Step 4: Flour and spices
Toss in the ground spices and gradually add three cups of flour forming a stiff dough.
Step 5: Knead, wrap and refrigerate
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. . .
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.