Dairy Council of Utah Nevada - Recipe - Grandma's Spice Cookies
Dairy Council of Utah Nevada - Recipe - Grandma's Spice Cookies

Grandma’s Spiced Cookies


December 20, 2016

Tim Pierson works for us on Business development and nutrition research. His family has roots in the Netherlands, and these spiced cookies are a tradition. They are often referred to as "Speculaas" cookies due to the combination of spices. Here we call them Grandma's Spiced Cookies. The spices come together to create an almost gingerbread-like flavor that has just the perfect amount of sweetness. They will take you to Christmas in the Netherlands in no time.

Day 8 of our 12-Days of Christmas Cookies

  • Yields: 2 Dozen


½ c butter

¾ c brown sugar

1 ½ c whole wheat flour

¾ c almond flour

½ tsp baking powder

1 ½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp ground nutmeg

¼ tsp ground mace

½ tsp ground cardamom

¼ tsp ground aniseed

¼ tsp salt

2-4 tbsp milk


In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with sugar.

Stir together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, aniseed, and salt; add to the creamed butter and mix until fully incorporated.

Add enough milk, one tablespoon at a time, to bring the dough together.

Form dough into two discs, wrap each in plastic, and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 325 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Working with one disc at a time, roll on a lightly floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shape, place on lined baking sheets.

Bake cookies for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown slightly; remove from sheet and cool.


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