Speculaas (aka Speculoos)
Speculaas a type of spiced shortcrust biscuit, traditionally baked for consumption on or just before St Nicholas' feast in the Netherlands (December 5), Belgium (December 6), and Northern France and around Christmas in Germany. In recent decades it has become available all year round. Speculaas are thin, very crunchy, slightly browned and, most significantly, have some image or figure (often from the traditional stories about St. Nicholas) stamped on the front side before baking; the back is flat.
Speculoos dough does not rise much. Dutch and Belgian versions are baked with light brown (beet) sugar and baking powder. Spices used in speculoos are cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom and white pepper. Most Speculoos versions are made from white flour, brown sugar, butter and spices.
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- Hellema Speculaas Spiced Gourmet Cookies in Delft Tin (14 Oz.)
- Windmill shaped cookies imported from Holland
- Speculaas are a type of spiced shortcrust biscuit. Speculaas are thin, very crunchy, slightly browned and, most significantly, have some image or figure stamped on the front side before baking.
- Traditionally baked for consumption on or just before St Nicholas' feast
- Made by Hellema since 1861 in The Netherlands