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Spekulatius (German Christmas Cookies)

November  3, 2015
Photo by Sabrina
Author Notes

We Germans love our Christmas Cookies, and there's no holiday season without Spekulatius! If you're lucky there is a special family recipe that's been passed down for generations. The cookies are crisp and crunchy, spiced with Christmas flavors, and great to be dunked in milk or any other tea-time beverage. —Sabrina

Test Kitchen Notes

These cookies are simple to put together and easy to roll out. The spices smell so lovely too, and while I found the cookie a bit more biscuit-like than cookie-like, I do think they'd be quite nice with tea. —The Editors

  • Makes about 30 cookies
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 3/4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/8 cup milk
In This Recipe
  1. Mix the spices in a small bowl.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together the flour with the almonds, spice mixture, brown sugar, and baking powder, then add in the eggs.
  3. Cut in the butter and gradually add in the milk. Keep kneading (with your hands) for approximately 3 to 5 minutes until a slightly sticky yet well mixed dough resembles. Wrap in foil and let rest for at least 30 minutes/preferably overnight in a cool, dark place.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Roll the dough out with a pin on a slightly floured surface, about 1/2 centimeter thick, then cut out your cookies. You can optionally use stamps or ornaments to stamp them for that extra special look. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and assemble your cookies on it 2 to 3 centimeters apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until they can easily be lifted from the paper and are slightly browned on the surface.
  5. Let cool completely, then store in an airtight container for up to three weeks. Enjoy!

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