I believe another name for speculaas is windmill cookies. The spice mix speculaaskruiden makes this cookie so distinctive.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 35 mins
2 dozen


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • teaspoon baking powder

  • teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 ¼ cups packed brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup sliced almonds


  1. In a medium bowl, mix flour with spices, baking powder, and salt.

  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and mix well.

  3. Stir in, by hand half, flour mixture. Add the remaining flour and almonds. Mix with a wooden spoon or knead with hands.

  4. Divide dough into four parts, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for several hours to overnight. (If you are using a mold, chill it as well.)

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and grease two cookie sheets.

  6. Remove one quarter of dough from the refrigerator and flatten it with your hands. Oil your mold and lightly flour it. Using your fingers, press dough firmly into the mold. Trim any excess dough from the mold with a knife.

  7. Transfer cookies onto greased cookie sheets with a spatula, spacing about one inch apart.

  8. Refrigerate dough trimming to be rerolled later. Lightly flour but do not re-oil cookie mold.

  9. Repeat process with remaining dough. When cookie sheets are full, bake cookies for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Store in a covered tin.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

368 Calories
18g Fat
48g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 368
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 152mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 103mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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