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Dutch speculaas (spiced biscuits)

Serves   Makes 40 Biscuits
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins

A traditional recipe for tasty lightly spiced biscuits. You can roll out the dough and cut out shapes too…the perfect job for helpful toddlers.





  • 250 g Flour
  • 175 g Butter
  • 140 g Brown Sugar
  • 1 level Tablespoon ground mixed spice [or 2 if you love spices]
  • 1 level Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cloves
  • 50 ml Milk
  • 2 pinches Baking Soda


  1. Cream butter and sugar until soft and creamy, mix in other ingredients until a smooth soft dough is formed.
  2. Shape dough into two rolls of 3-5 cm diameter.
  3. Leave dough to rest 30 minutes in fridge for the spice flavor to develop.
  4. Cut dough in 1 cm rounds and place on 2 lightly greased cookie sheets, with space for spreading.
  5. Alternatively you can also roll the dough out flat and cut out shapes.
  6. Bake at 180C for about 15 minutes or until cooked.
  7. Transfer to cooling rack or a cold cookie sheet until cold.


You can press crushed nuts, slivered almonds or a walnut on top of biscuits before baking.