Spicy Speculoos – Egg Free, Nut Free
Warning! When making these biscuit, your house will be filled with the smell of Christmas…
Not that that is a bad thing!
Ever gone to a little, artisan coffee shop? Sure you have! When the coffee is served, what is beside the cup besides sugar? A Biscuit!
What type of biscuit? The biscuit that tastes of cinnamon sugar in biscuit form that you don’t know the name of!
This is ‘speculoos’ biscuit
These biscuits are so buttery and crisp, it really is like eating cinnamon sugar in biscuit form.
Whilst in Holland, every time I went out for a coffee or hot chocolate, every drink was accompanied by some sort of biscuit, normally speculoos and the occasional biscotti. The speculoos biscuit was invented in Belgium, a neighboring country to Holland. The speculoos biscuit is popular in Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Northern France as it is baked for St. Nicolas’ feast in December.
Because of the popularity of the biscuit, many companies now produce the biscuit (like lotus) to sell with coffee and hot drinks. The demand is so big now that the biscuits are even being sold in supermarkets and as a spread (like peanut butter) I haven’t tried the spread yet but it sounds so good!
Ok, to the biscuits…
The biscuit dough is like a sugar cookies dough with added pizzazz. A homemade spice mix is a key to the best tasting biscuit. Sadly, ready-ground spices are just weird in the dough but if you don’t have enough time, they will do. Speaking of time, the biscuit dough does need to rest 2 times… sorry…
When making the spice mix, the house will smell utterly amazing. Christmas spices at work…
The dough is really simple to make, all of the ingredients are probably in your house right now. Just throw your dry ingredients into a bowl and add butter and milk. Mix and there you have it!
How simple was that? I chose to use a mixture of sugar as it gives the biscuits more flavor. Caster sugar is used for lightness and of course sweetness and the soft dark brown sugar for a treacle-like taste and color.
Try to use the mix of sugar to give an authentic taste and appearance.
After chilling the dough, roll out on a floured surface. Don’t worry if the dough cracks, just patch it back together. Cut out into a nice biscuit size and place on a tray. Back to the fridge they go!
Once baked, leave to cool if you can but I know, sometimes the smell of Christmas in a biscuit is hard to resist!
Spice mix 1/2 cinnamon stick Biscuit 200g Plain flour The dough can be made the night before, just chill the dough overnight and continue with the recipe. The biscuits can be kept in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.
How to you make Spicy Speculoos
3 Cardamon pods
1/4 tsp. White pepper
1/4 tsp. Ginger powder
80g Caster sugar
45g Soft dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. Baking powder
125g Butter, at room temperature
1 tbsp. Milk
3 tsp. Spice mix
Try out our Spicy Speculoos recipe and post your results below in the comments…
1/2 cinnamon stick
200g Plain flour
The dough can be made the night before, just chill the dough overnight and continue with the recipe. The biscuits can be kept in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.