When I think of Christmas in Europe, I think of speculaas spice mix (called speculoos in Belgium and spekulatius in Germany).
Traditionally, you’ll find speculaas spice in Dutch windmill cookies, biscoff cookies, cookie butter spread, and German spekulatius spice cookies. But you can use speculaas spice mix in so many other things! If you’re tired of pumpkin spice and want something more than cinnamon, try speculaas spice mix.
Today I’m going to show you how to make Dutch speculaas spice mix and 5 easy ways to use it to “spice up” your holiday (yes, I went there, please don’t stop reading).
How to Make Speculaas Spice Mix
It couldn’t be easier! Spoon each spice into a bowl, mix, and you’re ready to go.
The spices you need are: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, aniseed, white pepper, coriander, ginger, and cardamom. I found all of the spices at my local grocery store except mace. I had to go to a specialty cooking store for that.
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I keep a jar of speculaas spice in my cupboard during the winter so I can use a teaspoon here and tablespoon there. It smells so good!
- 5 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground aniseed
- 1/2 tsp white pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander seed
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp ground mace
Mix spices together in a bowl. Use right away or store in an airtight jar. This recipe makes about 6 tablespoons of spice mix.
5 Ways to Use Speculaas Spice
You can add speculaas spice to so many things! Here a few of my favorites:
- Chocolate chip cookies
I made speculaas chocolate chip cookies for a holiday party and they flew off the plate! All you need to do is make your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and add a couple teaspoons of speculaas spice to the batter. I recommend tasting the batter or even baking a cookie or two to make sure you’ve added enough spice before you bake the entire batch. I’ve also added speculaas spice to these French palmier cookies, and wow, delicious!
Add a couple teaspoons of speculaas spice to a batch of classic British scones (I’d make them without the currants if you add speculaas spice).
- Sugared Almonds
Instead of using 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in my German cinnamon sugar almonds, use 1 teaspoon of speculass spice! Mmmmm…..
- Hot Chocolate
Tired of adding cinnamon to your hot chocolate? Add a dash of speculaas instead! It gives your hot chocolate a new depth of flavor. So good!
Add a teaspoon or two of speculaas spice mix to your favorite homemade waffle batter. Yum!
What’s your favorite way to use homemade speculaas spice mix?