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How to Make Homemade Speculaas Spice Mix (and 5 Ways to Use It)

When I think of Christmas in Europe, I think of fragrant 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 or Dutch Speculaas Spice Cookies.

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

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).

I’ve also got an easy, no churn Speculaas Spice Ice Cream recipe at the very bottom of this article. Yes, ice cream! I’ve always loved cinnamon ice cream so I decided to sub Speculaas Spice for cinnamon and I loved it. Definitely give it a try!

By the way, I’ve got several no churn, single serve ice cream recipes right here. Use these recipes to make portion-controlled summer ice cream in delicious international flavors!

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 exact measurements for each spice are in the recipe card at the bottom of this article.

The spices you need are:

  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • cloves
  • aniseed
  • white pepper
  • coriander
  • ginger
  • cardamom 
  • mace

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.

Store your spice mix in a jar with a tight lid.

I make a jar of Speculaas Spice mix in the fall so I can use a teaspoon here and tablespoon there all winter long. It smells so good!

Don’t Have Time to Make Homemade Speculaas Spice Mix?

No worries, you can add some to your next Amazon order! 

Speculaas Spice Mix also makes a Delicious Holiday, Birthday, Teacher or Host/ess gift! 

Make your gift even better by adding a cute teaspoon for measuring out the spice!

No time to make Dutch Speculaas spice mix? Gift a box of Dutch Stroopwafels instead (yum).

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 my Christmas palmier cookie recipe and wow, delicious!
  2. Sugared Almonds
    Instead of using 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in my German Gebrannte Mandeln (cinnamon roasted almonds), use 1 teaspoon of Speculaas Spice! Mmmmm…..
  3. Hot Chocolate, Latte or Mocha
    Tired of cinnamon on your hot chocolate or latte? Add a dash of Speculaas Spice instead! It gives your hot chocolate or latte a new depth of flavor.  
  4. Waffles, Pancakes & French Toast
    Add a teaspoon or two of Speculaas Spice mix to your favorite homemade waffle or pancake batter or to French Toast. OMG, so good!
  5. Ice Cream
    My quick and easy Speculaas Spice Ice Cream recipe below is seriously delicious, no matter the time of year! All you need is a jar and a spoon – no ice cream maker needed.
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. 
Speculaas Spice Ice Cream Recipe

Speculaas Spice Ice Cream Recipe

Yield: 1-2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours 1 second
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes 1 second

This quick and easy ice cream recipe featuring Dutch speculaas spice mix is seriously delicious, no matter the time of year! 


  • 1/2 cup [120 ml] heavy cream
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp speculaas spice mix
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt


    1. Pour all ingredients into a small jar that has a lid. (I typically use an 8oz jam jar.)
    2. Stir until brown sugar has dissolved and ingredients are well combined. Taste the ice cream; if you want it sweeter or to have a stronger speculaas spice flavor, add additional brown sugar or spice mix to taste.
    3. Add the lid and then shake the jar several times until the cream has thickened. (I usually shake it 20-25 times.)
    4. Place jar in freezer for 1-2 hours.
    5. When you're ready to eat the ice cream, take the jar out of the freezer and let it warm up for a few minutes.
    6. Sprinkle a bit of speculaas spice mix on the top of the ice cream (optional).

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Sunday 17th of May 2020

yummy i had it in my gingerbread less ginger more spice!


Tuesday 11th of December 2018

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?


Wednesday 12th of December 2018

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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