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Soft-Baked Speculoos Cookies


These cookies has almost all the spice cabinet in it such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, coriander and white pepper.
Speculoos cookie or Speculaas is a traditional Dutch or European spiced shortbread cookie that is traditionally baked to be consumed on or before St. Nicholas' Day (December 5th) in the Netherlands and December 6 in Belgium. In Germany they are made for Christmas.


Normally Speculoos cookies normally don't rise that much because they don't use leavening agents but I like my cookies thick and soft and not so thin and crispy.  
You might know the cookies in Cookie Butter form.  It is a very addicting spread that you can use it in sub for peanut butter.  I made Cookie Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies a couple of months ago, you should go check it out.


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Soft-Baked Speculoos Cookies

Time

Prepping: 20 minutes
Chilling: at least 4 hours or overnight
Baking: 8 to 10 minutes

Yields: about 36 cookies

Ingredients

4 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour plus around 1/4 cup for rolling
1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
2 cups Dark Brown Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
3 Large Eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Ground Clove
1/4 teaspoon Ground Coriander
1/4 teaspoon Ground White Pepper

1. Cream together softened butter, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder and spices for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
2. Add room temperature eggs one at a time.
3. Slowly sift in three cups of flour into the dough then fold in the last cup of flour.
4. Cover dough and chill cookie dough for at least 4 hours or overnight.
5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Divide dough in half. Dust a little floured on a clean surface or a piece of wax paper (that's what I did). Roll dough into a 1/4 inch thick. Stamp cookies out using a cookie cutter then place in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.
6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating halfway through baking. The cookies will still be firm to the touch and edges slightly browned.
7. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wired to cool completely. Store in a cool place. Enjoy!
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Comments

  1. These look so good, I have a annual cookie exchanged I and I was looking for something new for this year. I think I have a winner. :)

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  2. These cookies look so great! They are one of my favorite holiday cookies - love all the spices!

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  3. Love all those sweet and spicy flavors - and the cookie cutter shape is perfect for the holidays!

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  4. Wow these are making my mouth water! I know what i'm baking next

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  5. these sound delish and look like so much fun for the holiday season!

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  6. Bring on the spices! Love these cookies!

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  7. I love all the spices involved in these! And they're so pretty, too :)

    Sues

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  8. These look so good and I LOVE Speculoos!! Can’t wait to get baking this season!

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  9. I love the shape!
    never knew there was something like Speculoos cookies, looks delicious!

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  10. These cookies look delicious and perfect for the holiday time

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  11. These sound so yum! Definitely one to try with the kids!

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  12. This is absolutely looks good! I'll have to try it!

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  13. Interesting! There is white pepper in these cookies. I may have to bring them to my mom's for her holiday get-together this year.

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  14. These sound absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to make them with my kids! Shell

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  15. YUM it looks so good! And I love the addition of nutmeg to the cookies!!

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  16. I love a spicy cookie! I have some new cookie cutters and I shall be trying this out with them!

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  17. I've never heard of speculoos cookies...they kind of remind me of gingerbread cookies though, and I love those! What a delicious looking treat

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  18. These look so yummy! And how perfect for the holidays :)

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  19. Ooohh, I love a good shortbread cookie. I've never tried them with these spices, but they sound really delicious and very festive!

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  20. I love all those spices! This looks like the perfect cookie to enjoy with a hot cup of tea!

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  21. This sounds like a spice cake in cookie form. It is that wonderful tasty time of year. Perect for the holiday parties.

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  22. I just love your idea about making these cookies soft and chewy. I can't wit to make them for myself.

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  23. Such a perfect cookie for the holidays! Love all those spices. In the area of Germany I grew up in, we would enjoy Spekulatius cookies throughout December with themed ones for Nikolaustag too.

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  24. I love a good spice cookie. I can tell by looking at the ingredients that I'm sure they tasted perfect!

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  25. Aw! Those cookies look so cute and yummy! That is so tempting to bite, but I don't want to ruin its cute shape. Help me please. Haha! I would love to try this at home.

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  26. The recipe is easy and the cookies look great! Even I prefer thicker and softer cookies to the thinner, crispier ones.

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  27. Oooooooo soft bake cookies are a serious weakness of mine. Thank you for sharing this recipe; I know what I'll be trying out soon! x

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  28. These cookies are amazing, having lived in Holland for four years you can not help but try these, its so nice to see a recipe for them so I can make them at home, thank you!

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  29. Speculous cookies. .so that's what they are! I discovered these a few years back at Traders Joes. They were delicious paired with their speculous cookie butter. Bet yours are as good!

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  30. oh I just knew the name of this cookie, very unique history and indeed a delicious kind! I wish to make one of these one day for the whole family.

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  31. These cookies look so delectable and mouthwatering treat to me. With recipe and pics displayed by you in detail these can be well tried at home.

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  32. I can imagine how delicious these cookies are, with all those spices in them. I have tried speculoos chocolate from Belgium before and it was delicious!

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  33. These definitely look interesting. I just wonder if the spices would be to overpowering for me.

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  34. Oh yum. These look and sound really tasty. I am dreaming about crumbling the over soft vanilla ice cream.

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  35. These look like a recipe my husband makes. A little different and maybe a bit more fancy. Thanks for the recipe.

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  36. These cookies looks delightful and I really love the shape of it. Will give the recipe a try.

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  37. These look and sound soooooo delicious! I have a real sweet tooth at the moment, so am craving all kinds of sugary snacks and looking to broaden my recipe collection, so will have to give these a go x

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  38. Ooh yum these look really nice, and definitely will make a nice addition to a coffee morning or bake sale. Thanks for leaving the recipe too I have saved it to try!

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