Speculoos 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.

Speculoos Biscuits

Makes 12-15 biscuits
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chill time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: Christmas
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 100 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground mace
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 50 g soft dark brown sugar
  • 75 g butter
  • 1 tbsp milk

Instructions

  • Mix together the flour, spices, salt and baking powder.
  • 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.
  • Roll out the dough until around 5mm thick. Cut out shapes and place on a lined baking tray. Chill again for 30 min.
  • Bake at 180°c for 15 min until biscuits are beginning to brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Notes

Based on Hairy Bikers recipe


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