SPECULAAS (DUTCH WINDMILL COOKIES)
My grandpa taught me how to make these authentic Dutch windmill cookies, using his wood cookie forms that have passed through the generations. Today, they can be made into any shape you like, using cookie cutters.
Provided by RyGuy
Yield 24-36 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 10
- In a bowl, beat the butter 30 seconds or until softened.
- Combine the remaining ingredients, except for the almonds, in a small bowl.
- Add half of this mixture into the butter. Stir until mixed.
- Add the remaining flour mixture and 1/3 cup almonds and stir until mixed.
- Divide dough in half.
- On lightly floured surface roll one portion ot the dough to 1/8" thickness.
- Cut into desired shapes, place on greased cookie sheet and decorate with remaining almonds (if desired).
- Repeat with second half of dough.
- Bake at 350 degrees 8-10 minutes, or until browned.
- Cool on cookie sheet one minute.
- Remove and allow to cool.
SPECULAAS (DUTCH SPICE COOKIES OR WINDMILL COOKIES)
Traditionally, these cookies are pressed into wooden windmill molds. But they're delicious in any shape!
Provided by Erin K. Brown
Yield 60-80 cookies, 60-80 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 11
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add egg.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir to form a stiff dough.
- If making the cookies without a mold, roll the dough into cylinders that are the diameter of your desired cookies.*
- Freeze for at least 20-30 minutes.
- Slice the chilled dough into thin (~1/4 inch) rounds and place on a cookie sheet. Cookies will spread a little bit upon baking.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
- *Also chill dough before pressing into molds or using cookie cutters.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 96.5, Fat 4.8, SaturatedFat 3, Cholesterol 15.7, Sodium 81.8, Carbohydrate 12.8, Fiber 0.2, Sugar 7.1, Protein 0.9
- Stir together baking soda and water until baking soda is dissolved.
- Beat together butter, brown sugar, and baking soda mixture with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy.
- Whisk together flour, salt, and spices, then mix into butter mixture until combined well. Stir in almonds. Form dough into 3 (10- by 3-inch) logs and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Freeze logs until firm, about 4 hours, or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Keeping remaining logs frozen, cut 1 log crosswise into slices slightly less than 1/4 inch thick and arrange slices 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in middle of oven until set, 12 to 14 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool. Slice and bake remaining dough in same manner.
These Dutch spice cookies taste similar to the windmill cookies we enjoy in the United States. In Holland, it's tradition to mold the dough into the shape of St. Nicholas and serve the baked cookies on Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas Day). -Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Provided by Taste of Home
Yield about 2-1/2 dozen.
Number Of Ingredients 14
- In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, molasses and orange zest. Combine the flour, ground almonds, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, cloves, pepper, ginger and cardamom. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until easy to handle. , Preheat oven to 350°. On a parchment-lined surface, roll a small amount of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Use a floured cookie stamp to press design into dough, then cut with floured 3-in. cookie cutters, leaving 1 in. between cookies. Remove excess dough and reroll scraps, if desired., Transfer parchment with dough to cookie sheet. If dough has warmed, place baking sheet in refrigerator until it firms up, about 10-15 minutes. Bake at 350° until edges are lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 151 calories, Fat 7g fat (4g saturated fat), Cholesterol 30mg cholesterol, Sodium 65mg sodium, Carbohydrate 19g carbohydrate (8g sugars, Fiber 1g fiber), Protein 2g protein.
DUTCH ALMOND COOKIES
This recipe comes from ladies of Dutch descent at my sister's church. The pleasant almond flavor pairs well with a cup of coffee.
Provided by Taste of Home
Yield 3 dozen.
Number Of Ingredients 11
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and extract. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle., On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-in. round cookie cutter. Place half of the circles 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Crumble 1/2 teaspoon almond paste over each; top with remaining circles. Pinch edges to seal., Cut a small slit in top of each cookie. Brush with egg white. Press an almond in each slit. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts :
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour with spices, baking powder and salt.
- In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and mix well.
- Stir in by hand half the flour mixture, then add the remaining flour and almonds. Mix with a wooden spoon or knead with hands.
- Divide dough into four parts, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for several hours. (If you are using a mold, chill it as well.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and grease two cookie sheets.
- Remove one quarter of the dough from the refrigerator and flatten it with your hands. Oil your mold and lightly flour it. Using your fingers, press dough firmly into the mold. Trim any excess dough from the mold with a knife.
- Transfer the cookies onto greased cookie sheets with a spatula, spacing about one inch apart.
- Refrigerate dough trimming to be rerolled later. Lightly flour but do not re-oil cookie mold.
- Repeat process with remaining dough. When cookie sheets are full, bake cookies for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Store in a covered tin.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 367.9 calories, Carbohydrate 47.6 g, Cholesterol 56.2 mg, Fat 18.1 g, Fiber 1.5 g, Protein 4.8 g, SaturatedFat 10.1 g, Sodium 151.6 mg, Sugar 22.5 g
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What is the best recipe for a windmill Cookie?Sure, they aren’t in a windmill shape but at least they taste better than those silly sugar cookies did. Combine the flour, baking soda, all the spices and the salt. Set aside. Cream the butter, vanilla, and both sugars, until light and fluffy. Add the beaten eggs and blend well. Add the dry ingredients. Stir in the almonds.
What are speculoos or Dutch windmill cookies?Speculaas Cookies, also known as Speculoos or Dutch Windmill Cookies are a traditional Dutch cookie. A favorite of many, including myself. I’ve made speculaas cookies numerous times but never mastered the art of baking these cookies in a cookie mold. I set out the to put an old speculaas mold to good use and make my own Dutch windmill cookies.
Why are they called Windmill cookies?Some of the most popular commercial bakers of the cookies bake them in the shape of a windmill, leading to them being called windmill cookies. Are Speculoos and Biscoff the Same?
What ingredients do I need to make a speculaas Cookie?For the speculaas cookies you’ll need flour, butter, milk, dark brown sugar, salt, baking powder and speculaas spice . (The full list of ingredients including measurements can be found in the recipe card below.)