Spekulatius Spiced German Christmas Cookies


It simply isn't Christmas in Germany without flat,crunchy and richly spiced Spekulatius. Traditionally Spekulatius are moulded into shapes with a small Christmas design on the surface. Well, those wooden Spekulatius forms are not cheap at all, so I have decided to use X'mas-themed cookie cutters to make these cookies. You can garnish the cookies with colourful sugar icings, or with confectionery coatings made with couverture chocolate, to decorate your X'mas tree, or table center.

  1. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and ammonia. Make an indent in the middle and add eggs, sugar, spices and extract, and combine all into a thick dough. Cut in the cold butter and together with the ground almonds and knead it well to form a smooth dough. If the dough is still sticky, then wrap and rest it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Roll out the dough into 3mm thick circle and cut out the cookies with favourite Christmas cookie cutters. Place them onto greased baking sheet and bake until starting to brown, about 10 minutes. When cool, store cookies in an air-tight container. Decorate the cookies with sugar icings as desired.

69 comments:

MaryMoh 10/12/09 11:24

wow....lovely Christmnas cookies! I must start mine too.

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Sarah Naveen 10/12/09 11:52

Oh wow!!! Gorgeous cookies..looks so delicious as well.

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pigpigscorner 10/12/09 12:06

They are so pretty! These make really good gifts!

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My Little Space 10/12/09 13:14

Angie...those are for me??? So lovely! I mail over my home address right away! haha.... No kidding! You've to send me a dozen.

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3 hungry tummies 10/12/09 13:16

Wow you have been so busy baking away!! they look really festive!!

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Priya 10/12/09 13:16

Cute cookies, looks amazing..

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Ivy 10/12/09 13:41

Beautiful cookies and lovely presentation Angie!!

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Dajana 10/12/09 14:31

So adorable. I love spicy Christmas cookies. And they look so beautiful, too and are fun to make.

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Tina 10/12/09 14:33

Fabulous cookies......

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Jo 10/12/09 14:43

Wow, looks like you have already started your Christmas baking!

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Ju (The Little Teochew) 10/12/09 14:44

Angie, you turned me into a kid in a candy store with all those beautiful, colourful, festive cookies!

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Cookin' Canuck 10/12/09 14:53

So pretty! What a wonderful gift these cookies would make.

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Cheah 10/12/09 15:20

Gosh, what lovely cookies. Great as X'mas gift.

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tracieMoo 10/12/09 15:57

What a great xmas gift, Angie!

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Gertrude 10/12/09 16:07

What a beautiful cookies!! This will be great as Christmas gift.

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Dodol & Mochi 10/12/09 16:19

Look so festive!! Very beautiful cookies! I think I'm going to try some soon ... Thanks for sharing!!

Cheers from Malaysia,
Pei-Lin

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Happy cook 10/12/09 16:27

Wow looks like you have been cookie baking mood. They all look so so cute.

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cooking-love 10/12/09 17:02

Me encantan esta galletas¡¡
Te han quedado deliciosas¡¡
besos¡

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Poppy 10/12/09 17:17

Ohh how cute can they look??!

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Bridgett 10/12/09 17:24

My goodness, these are gorgeous!

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Gulmohar 10/12/09 17:25

Awesome cookies..wish I could grab a few :-)

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Bob 10/12/09 17:35

Lovely little cookies, great for gifts!

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Tasty Eats At Home 10/12/09 18:48

I love how your cookies are decorated! Simply gorgeous!

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5 Star Foodie 10/12/09 19:01

Gorgeous cookies, so perfect for the holidays!

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Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free 10/12/09 19:08

Love your packaging - it would make anyone feel special.

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Cajun Chef Ryan 10/12/09 19:25

Lovely Christmas Cookies indeed!

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lululu 10/12/09 19:34

awwwww, colorful, fancy, cute and fun-to-make cookie for xmas!

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Shri 10/12/09 20:07

Very pretty...The name sounds fancy too:)

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Chef E 10/12/09 21:19

Looks like you have a few dozen for me! Those are so pretty...now I look at my sugar cookies and think how dull they are in comparison, LOL, oh well I admit I am not the baker you are!

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Palidor 10/12/09 21:20

Those are absolutely beautiful, Angie! Anybody on the receiving end of those cookies will feel incredibly special.

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Heavenly Housewife 10/12/09 21:28

These look so fun. I want to decorate some too!

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carmenpiva 10/12/09 22:06

Hey! Arent't they cute? they are beautifully decorated! How patient! I don't think I'd have the "courage" to do them.
Definitely, Xmas in the air...
xxx
Carmen

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Andrea@WellnessNotes 11/12/09 00:12

I love spekulatius. They bring back childhood memories! :) Yours are beautiful!

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Ho Ho Ho 11/12/09 00:39

Wow.. too pretty to eat!!

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SJ 11/12/09 01:14

wow they're so colorful

A smile from SJ =)

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Elin 11/12/09 01:21

Angie..the cookies are colorful and I know they will taste great too! Thanks for sharing...time to bake some for the coming festive :)

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Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ 11/12/09 03:11

These are so pretty Angie! I love the way you decorated them. I bet they are really yummy too!

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zurin 11/12/09 03:43

Oh Angie they look so fun. looks like u had a good time making them :))

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theUngourmet 11/12/09 04:04

Your cookies are so cute! You did such a great job decorating them!

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my kitchen 11/12/09 05:23

Lovely cookies,looks so good

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Ellie 11/12/09 06:34

They are so pretty! Get me all excited about Christmas :)

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tasteofbeirut 11/12/09 10:20

I did not realize that speculaas had cardamom in them! Now I definitely want to try them, especially since I have a few of these wooden molds. It looks like it was a lot of fun to decorate!

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Divina Pe 11/12/09 13:53

They beautiful and very impressive. I haven't even started my Christmas goodies yet.

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Jennie 11/12/09 16:27

Angie, these cookies are beautiful! So creative! I'm sure they taste amazing too!

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CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta 11/12/09 17:30

So adorable I want to eat them right up!

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KitchenMasochist 11/12/09 17:31

Those look beautiful. Do these cookies/biscuits taste the same as those Dutch cookies? I think they're called speculaas.

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doggybloggy 11/12/09 18:44

every one of them looks so perfect for ME!

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KennyT 11/12/09 19:35

Look at those wonderful colours of these!!! Who are the lucky ppl to receive them?

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Angie's Recipes 11/12/09 19:49

:-)) You guys have made my day! Thanks a lot for your replies and encouragement!
@ KitchenMasochist: I think they are the same cookies with the different spelling.

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Chow and Chatter 11/12/09 20:00

oh wow amazing cookies Angie love them

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Nostalgia 11/12/09 22:52

Wow .. spicy cookies indeed... beautiful!

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Fresh Local and Best 12/12/09 01:10

These are beautiful cookies! Great for gifts!

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Lavanya Siva 12/12/09 01:32

wow, what a lovely cookies, wish you a merry christmas

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♥peachkins♥ 12/12/09 01:44

those are great-looking cookies! Can I have some?

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Sarah 12/12/09 07:53

These are the cookies my grandfather always had at christmas! Wonderful memories and a beautiful cookie.

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lisaiscooking 12/12/09 16:07

Your cookies are so pretty! I love all the colors of the decorations, and the spices in the dough sound delicious.

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Katy ~ 12/12/09 23:02

To me Christmas isn't Christmas without the decorated cookies. My friend, you are full of spirit! These are just beautiful.

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Velva 13/12/09 05:47

You are right, in Germany, it just would not be Christmas without such delicious cookies. They are beautiful. I know the effort and time that you must of spent preparing these wonderful cookies, just makes them more lovely.

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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The Duo Dishes 15/12/09 00:06

Please send a few dozen this way. Looks great!

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Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 17/12/09 20:53

I have only tried the Dutch Version, wonder if the German version is very similar. Your ones are just gorgeous!

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Angie 17/12/09 21:32

These are so beautiful, you're so talented!

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Padhu 18/12/09 15:09

Wow! They look gorgeous.
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when time permits

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rose 19/12/09 12:51

Hello
Wow those Christmas cookies look colorful with different shapes.I was looking for something besides our usual cookies and I find it here.I will make this cookies for this Christmas.Thank you..

Konjugierte Linolsäure

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Sophie 30/12/09 10:43

Waw,...Angie!! These look grand & ooh so georgous too!!

MMMMMMMMMM,...

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