When Sinterklaas sails into the Netherlands from Spain, his helpers have bagfuls of these tiny spice cookies which they throw into the crowds of excited, singing children. Baking kruidnoten on a cold day will instantly fill your house with the smell of festive warmth. I always have a glass jar full of them during the season. Great for nibbling!
Enough to fill a 32 oz. jar
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- pinch of salt
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsps dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp speculaaskruiden
- 1 stick butter softened
- 3-4 tbsps milk
- Preheat the oven to 300°F and line a cookie sheet with baking paper.
- Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the salt, sugar and spices. Stir well.
- Add the butter (in small pieces) and the milk. Knead well until the dough comes together.
- Make small balls the size of marbles and arrange them on a baking sheet with a little room in between them and flatten them.
- Bake for appr. 20 minutes.
The kruidnoten keep well in an airtight container for about a week.
For four delicious recipes with speculaaskruiden, read Issue 56 of Dutch the magazine.
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