Happy St. Nicholas Day!
speculoos spice packet and 2 cookie molds.
Speculoos (Spekulatius or speculaas) is the official cookie of St. Nicholas Day. Speculoos are thin, crunchy cookies that are stamped or pressed into a mold. Speculoos are made with brown sugar, flour, butter and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, ginger and white pepper) and sometimes with almond flour.
Speculoos are available all year long, although in limited varieties. They are often served along side a cup of coffee in a cafe. These Belgian Speculoos, made by Lotus are our favorites.
Recently speculoos have gained in popularity. There is speculoos spread (think Nutella only different flavor,) speculoos ice cream and even white chocolate bars with bits of speculoos in it.
This spread is gaining popularity all over the globe. David Lebowitz called it one of the 10 things to bring home from Paris. A friend likes to melt it in the microwave and pour it over vanilla ice cream. Crunchy speculoos spread is now available. Having tried both (true confessions) I say skip the crunchy and stick with the original.