Spekulatius is a traditional Christmas cookie that originated in the Netherlands. It is made out of a short dough (a cookie dough that is rolled out), and, similar to the Springerle cookie, it is formed by using a cookie mold. They are thin, crispy, and evenly browned. There are 3 types of Spekulatius cookies:
Spice Spekulatius (Gewürzspekulatius): This is the most common type of Spekulatius cookie. It obtains its taste from the spices cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon.
Almond Spekulatius (Mandelspekulatius): This is a Spekulatius cookie, in which the bottom of the cookie is coated in almonds. These are also known as Mandel-Kichelchen .
Butter Spekulatius (Butterspekulatius): This is a Spekulatius cookie which is made with a high amount of butter.
Choose a nice cookie cutter that will put an impression on your cookie. You could also use a springerle pin if you have one. I do, and it has all these different birds on it, and it’s wonderful.
Spekulatius Cookies (Traditional Dutch St. Nicholas Day Cookie)
1 cup butter
1 cup Crisco
2 cups brown sugar
½ cup sour cream
½ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. soda
4 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. ground cloves
4 ½ cups flour, sifted
½ cup chopped nuts
Cream butter, Crisco, and sugar. Add sour cream alternately with sifted dry ingredients. Stir in nuts. Knead dough into rolls, wrap in waxed paper, and chill in the refrigerator overnight. Roll very thin, cut with Santa Claus shaped cookie cutter. Bake at 350 degrees for ten to 15 minutes. Makes three dozen.