Saturday, December 6, 2014

Speculaas (Belgian Spice Cookies)


Silvius Cookie Pairing
Prettig sinterklaasfeest! Happy St. Nicholas Day! Enjoy the fest with these traditional Belgian spice cookies!

Recipe adapted from NPR

yields about 3 dozen small cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 c unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ c sugar
  • ¾ c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 c all purpose flour
  • ½ c almond meal*
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp salt
* almond meal or almond flour is readily available at most grocery store. To make your own, pulse about ⅔ cup sliced or slivered almonds with 1 Tbsp flour in a blender or food processor until finely ground.


Directions
  • Cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy and well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined.
  • In a second bowl, whisk together the flour, almond meal, baking soda, spices and salt.
  • Gradually beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture until just combined. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly.
  • Divide dough into 2 portions. Roll into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out ¼ inch thick. Cut using cookie cutters. Arrange on a lightly greased cookie sheet, spacing the cookies at least an inch apart. Alternatively, press the dough into a cookie mold to shape.
  • 10 to 15 minutes, or until cookies are browned and slightly crisp.

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