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Speculaas (Dutch Spice Cookies)

Speculaas (Dutch Spice Cookies)
CATEGORY: Dutch Recipes
14 August 2016
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Ingredients:
1 cup margarine or butter
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup finely chopped blanched almonds (optional)
blanched whole almonds (optional)

Directions:

Note: Some Dutch/European specialty stores may have pre-mixed speculaas
spice packages.

Beat margarine or butter with a mixer on medium to high speed for 30
seconds or by hand. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg,
cloves and salt. Beat in egg and flour. Add chopped almonds if using.
Roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured board and cut into
shapes (windmills and Sinterklaas/Santa shapes are traditional but we
also cut them into the children’s initials). Decorate with whole
almonds if using. Place one inch apart on lightly greased cookie
sheets. Bake in 350 degree F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are
lightly browned. Cool 1 minute; transfer to wire racks to cool
completely. Makes 4 to 6 dozen (depending on size.)

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