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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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April's vandotsch speculaas snickerdoodle cookie

Canadian-born April, but residing in Berkshire, began writing what would become ‘The 21st Century Housewife’ website, released in 2002, and most recently relaunched as in August 2014.


April’s writings includes information, tips and trends for everyone who loves food, cooking, entertaining, travel, fashion and the finer things in life, sharing all this with her international reader base.


So, when April showed me her Speculaas Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe, a result of the combination of her late mom’s Snickerdoodle recipe with vandotsch speculaas spice mix I was intrigued to say the least. First of all, I have to admit, I had never heard of a Snickerdoodle, so here is Wikipedia’s definition:


   “A Snickerdoodle is a type of cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, and flour rolled

    in cinnamon sugar. Eggs may also sometimes be used as an ingredient, with

    cream of tartar and baking soda added to leaven the dough.


    Snickerdoodles are characterized by a cracked surface and can be crisp or soft      

    depending on preference.”


What follows is an overview of the ingredients that April used to make the vandotsch speculaas spice infused snickerdoodle cookie, including:

Makes approximately 6 dozen Snickerdoodles




- 1 cup butter, softened

- 1½ cups granulated or caster sugar

- 2 eggs

- 2¾ cups all-purpose (plain) flour

- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

- 1½ teaspoons vandotsch speculaas spice mix

- generous pinch of salt


In addition:


- 2 tablespoons granulated or caster sugar

- ½ teaspoon vandotsch speculaas spice mix


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


vandotsch Speculaas Spice Biscuit Recipes



How to make April's speculaas snickerdoodle cookies

Other Biscuit Recipes:

"The vandotsch speculaas spice mix has a really nice flavour and I am sure there are lots of recipes it would work really well in.”


“The gentle, warm flavours of the speculaas spice mix are perfect for all the family.”


"Whipping up a batch of Speculaas Snickerdoodle Cookies is the work of moments and they make your house smell fantastic while they are baking."


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