Kruidnoten (Spice Cookies)

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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Original article by Paola Westbeek