Anyone who doesn’t speak Dutch is probably scratching their heads right now. Speculaaskruiden, what’s that? Simply put, it’s a spice mix that gives speculaas cookies their distinctive taste.
Speculaaskruiden can also be used to flavor all kinds of other baking.
Speculaas, abroad also known as windmill cookies, are a type of spiced shortcrust biscuit. Traditionally they were eaten on or just before St Nicholas’ day. But in modern times they’re pretty much associated with the entire month of December or basically just the entire cold season. They’re just that tasty!
Speculaas spice mix isn’t the same as British mixed spice and American pumpkin pie spice but they are similar, as they share many of the same ingredients. What mainly sets the speculaas spice mix apart is the addition of cardamom.
Their are loads of different recipes for this spice mix. This particular one is from the dutch baking book “Bakbijbel” by Rutger van den Broek.