iced speculoo biscuits


I’ve always loved these biscuits be it when they are called speculoos, speculaas or spekulatius. They are dark, highly spiced biscuits with a caramalised sugar taste. Traditionally they are baked in some parts of the continent for St Nicholas Eve (5th December). St Nicholas Eve is the night where, as a child, you leave your shoes by the fireplace. If you’ve been good all year you’ll wake in the morning to find a shoefull sweet treats. If you’ve been less than angelic you’ll find some sticks.

They are not traditionally iced, but after seeing these gingerbread biscuits on Pinterest I wanted to give these Speculoos the same snowflake treatment plus I’m not passing any opportunity to practice piping with royal icing. I suppose you could say it’s my newest obsession. As I work with royal icing in small quantities I find it easier to use royal icing sugar rather than making my own from scratch with icing sugar.

Makes 12-15 biscuits
Based on Hairy Bikers recipe 

100g plain flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground mace

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

50g soft dark brown sugar

75g butter

1 tbsp milk

1) Mix together the flour, spices, salt and baking powder.

2) Stir in the sugar then rub in the butter until it has the consistency of breadbrumbs. Add the milk a small amount at a time until the dough comes together. Add more milk if needed. Chill the dough for 30 min.

3) Roll out the dough until around 5mm thick. Cut out shapes and place on a lined baking tray. Chill again for 30 min.

4) Bake at 180°c for 15 min until biscuits are beginning to brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Post Author: Jules

Freelance food geek who's passionate about food education.

13 thoughts on “Speculoos

  • Joanna

    (December 3, 2011 - 9:00 pm)

    so pretty! You have a beautiful delicate touch there, maybe in my next life I too will be sble to ice biscuits that look as if they belomg in the Snow Queen’s palace :)

  • cakeboule

    (December 3, 2011 - 9:05 pm)

    I had never heard of these before – you learn something new every day :) enjoy your baking with Holly it will be great I am sure. You still have better piping than me!

  • Laura@howtocookgoodfood

    (December 3, 2011 - 10:48 pm)

    As much as I adore your biscuits, it is the beautiful specks of snow that I am admiring. Totally wonderful,, how clever you are!! xx

  • movita beaucoup

    (December 3, 2011 - 10:49 pm)

    So, so sweet!

  • whatkatebaked

    (December 4, 2011 - 5:26 pm)

    These are such festive little treats! I do love a spicy biccie dunked into a warm cuppa this time of year..

  • Choclette

    (December 4, 2011 - 5:33 pm)

    Oh, these sound so much nicer than the packet ones – sadly the only ones I’ve tried so far. And they are so prettily iced too.

  • Ecsb29

    (December 4, 2011 - 6:54 pm)

    Love your blogs & recipes! Can I leave the mace out or use something else instead?

    • Jules

      (December 4, 2011 - 7:40 pm)

      Instead of mace you could use nutmeg, mixed spice or leave it out.

  • Ecsb29

    (December 4, 2011 - 9:40 pm)

    Thanks Jules! I will try mixed spice am going to make these tomorrow & hang a few on my Xmas tree!

  • MrsShilts

    (December 5, 2011 - 8:11 pm)

    These look fantastic. Think I will use nutmeg or mixed spice instead of mace too! Thank you for the recipe.. x

  • Anna

    (December 12, 2011 - 12:31 am)

    Just made a double batch of these. One was supposed to be for home and the other for the office… the office will just have to make do with something else! I must have eaten half the first batch within 5 minutes!

    • Jules

      (December 12, 2011 - 8:43 am)

      Glad you enjoyed making & eating them!

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