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5 Ways to Use Homemade Speculaas Spice Mix (plus the recipe)

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 share 5 easy ways to use it to “spice up” your holiday (yes, I went there, please don’t stop reading).

How to make homemade speculaas spice mix (also called Spekulatius or Speculoos). Perfect for Dutch Windmill Cookies, cookie butter spread, and other Christmas cakes, cookies, and sweets. Also great in pancakes, waffles, oatmeal!Makes a wonderful Christmas gift, too! #christmas #netherlands #intldessertsblog

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
  • 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.

If you can’t find mace locally, click here to order mace on Amazon.

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!

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Homemade Speculaas Spice Mix

Homemade Speculaas Spice Mix

Yield: 6 Tbsp
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 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


  1. Mix spices together in a bowl.
  2. Use right away or store in an airtight jar.
  3. 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:

  1. 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!
  2. Scones
    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).
  3. Sugared Almonds
    Instead of using 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in my German cinnamon sugar almonds, use 1 teaspoon of speculass spice! Mmmmm…..
  4. 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!
  5. Waffles & Pancakes  
    Add a teaspoon or two of speculaas spice mix to your favorite homemade waffle or pancake batter. Yum!

 What’s your favorite way to use homemade speculaas spice mix? 


  • Reply
    December 11, 2018 at 12:12 am

    If I were making a plain cake and wanted it to be flavoured with speculaas spice, how much would I need for a standard ring cake mould?

    • Reply
      December 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      That’s a good question! Have you made a similar cake with added cinnamon? If so, I’d add the same amount of speculaas spice. If not, I’d try a couple teaspoons or even a tablespoon (or two), depending on how strong you want the flavor to be. Whenever I add speculaas spice to something I’m baking I add a teaspoon at a time and taste it, then add more, so if at all possible, I’d add a couple teaspoons and then bake a cupcake-sized portion to test the spice level. Let me know how it turns out!! (Now I really want to go make a speculaas spice cake with cream cheese icing.) 🙂

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