Speculoos (Windmill Cookies) Recipe

Speculoos (Windmill Cookies) Recipe

This easy recipe makes traditional spiced speculoos, a Christmas favorite. You might know them as windmill cookies.
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  • Serves: 24 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, mix together the flour, raw cane sugar, butter, milk, spice, baking soda, and zest with your hands or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. The dough is ready when you can shape it into a ball without it sticking to your hands.
  3. Step 3

    Cover the dough ball with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for an hour so the spices can work their magic.
  4. Step 4

    Meanwhile, heat the oven to 347 F / 175 C. Grease one or more cookie sheet pans or line them with parchment paper.
  5. Step 5

    Lightly flour your work surface and roll 1/4-inch thick.
  6. Step 6

    Using a cookie cutter or speculaasplank, cut the dough and place the shapes on the prepared sheet pan(s).
  7. Step 7

    Brush the cookies with egg white and sprinkle brown sugar and flaked almonds on top.
  8. Step 8

    Bake 10 to 25 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of the cookies, or until the almonds are caramelizing and the cookies are turning a slightly darker shade of brown.
  9. Step 9

    Remove from the oven and allow to cool a few minutes on the pan(s) and then transfer to a rack to cool completely.