My mums family comes from Holland and we used to celebrate St. Nicholas day when children used to leave their clogs out and St. Nicholas would fill them up with treats. She used to make me a bag of these to take to school every year in December and I continue to make these biscuits for family and work friends in December.

They are such an easy biscuit to make, I like to get messy with the decorating of them and just chuck it all on and see what happens, but the best part is the spicy, cinnamon taste. Don’t forgot to leave your clogs out for St. Nicholas though!

Shoes filled with sweets from St. Nicholas from the nerd that cooks
We’ve been good this year

How to make them

Speculaas Biscuits

  • Prep Time: 30 mins / Cooking Time: 15 mins
  • Makes 12

  • Ingredients
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 50g soft brown muscovado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 75g butter
  • 4 tablespoon icing sugar
  • Decorations (as you like)
  1. Instructions
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees / gas mark 4
  3. In a large mixing bowl add in the flour, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, salt, muscavado sugar, milk, butter and mix together
  4. Once the mixture is well mixed use your hands to make a smooth doughy consistency
  5. Roll out the mixture on a floured surface to a very thin thickness
  6. Cut out the biscuits with your cookie cutter and place onto baking paper on a baking sheet
  7. Put in the over for 15 minutes or until they are just springy in the middle (you may need to do this is stages)
  8. Let the biscuits cool down
  9. Add the icing sugar to a bowl and add water and stir to make icing
  10. Drizzle the icing over the cool biscuits and decorate as you wish