Spekulatius Christmas cookies

    Spekulatius Christmas cookies

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    About this recipe: This recipe reminds me of the biscuits that my granny used to send us every Christmas from Germany. When the really decorative boxes of lebkuchen arrived, Christmas was truly just around the corner.

    steenbergs Yorkshire, England, UK

    Ingredients
    Makes: 20 Biscuits

    • For the dough
    • 200g self-raising flour
    • 100g caster sugar (ideally light brown)
    • 100g softened butter
    • 2 tablespoons full fat milk
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 orange, finely zested
    • For the topping
    • 1 egg white, beaten
    • 3 teaspoons caster sugar (ideally light brown)
    • 2 tablespoons flaked almonds, slightly crushed

    Method
    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:30min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a baking tray.
    2. Mix together all the dough ingredients in a mixer or blender until thoroughly mixed together. Shape the dough into a ball and cover the dough ball with clingfilm and set aside for 1 hour in a cool place.
    3. Flour a work surface and press the dough into an even, flat layer. Using a cutter, cut shapes from the dough and place on the greased baking tray.
    4. Brush with the egg white, then sprinkle with the 3 teaspoons light brown caster sugar and flaked almonds on top of each spekulatius biscuit.
    5. Bake until the biscuits are turning a slightly darker shade of brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from the baking sheet and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

    Tip

    To save time, use mixed spice or a Dutch bakery mix like koekkruidden or speculaas kruidden.

    See it on my blog

    Axel Steenberg Blog On Spekulatius Or Speculaas

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