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It is thought that the Dutch name Speculaas comes from the latin 'speculum' that means mirror.


Traditionally speculaas biscuits are the mirror image of the carved wooden moulds they are baked in.


Windmill shaped speculaas biscuits are known throughout the whole world, as are male or female speculaas figurines.


These days speculaas biscuits can take any shape or form. But you can do so much more with speculaas spice than just making biscuits.


Find out more about the delicious recipes you can make using vandotsch speculaas spice mix.

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Kate's vandotsch speculaas spiced sultana cookies

Kate, a self-confessed bake-a-holic, food blogger at The Blunderous Baker, ardent Great British Bake-Off viewer, with an insatiable sweet tooth and always on the look out for new tastes and flavours was particularly keen to try out our new, definitive sweet tasting spice mix.


Although these days speculaas spice infused food is eaten all year round in The Netherlands, I am particularly pleased that Kate has taken to baking things for presents, in particularly Christmas, as that is traditionally the time for speculaas spice infused bakery products.


What follows is an overview of the ingredients that Kate used to make the vandotsch speculaas spice infused sultana cookies, including:

Makes approximately 15 mounded cookies with a more cakey, chewy texture  




- 125g unsalted Butter

- 100g golden granulated sugar

- 150g plain flour

- 1 large egg, lightly beaten

- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 10g (2 teaspoons) vandotsch speculaas spice mix

- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

- 100g sultanas


I refer to Kate’s write-up for directions on how to bake her vandotsch speculaas spiced sultana cookies.

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How to make Kate's speculaas sultana cookies

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“The depth of flavour that the vandotsch speculaas spice create makes these more than your average cookies.”


“The depth of flavour becomes so much better than just using one spice alone. I think it would be especially delicious in things like apple pie or crumble too.”


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