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German Spekulatius Cookies

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  • Author: Amanda Marsteller
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 cookies 1x


A thinly crisp, heavily spiced celebration of a German Christmas tradition.


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 egg
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons almond flour
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon milk, plus more for glazing


  1. Mix the butter, egg, and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. Add half of the flour and all of the rest of the ingredients to the butter bowl, mixing everything together briefly.
  3. Add the rest of the flour in and knead gently to form a rather sticky dough.
  4. Cover the dough with plastic and let it rest in the fridge overnight or for 24 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment and place it in the fridge to chill.
  7. Keeping the dough in the fridge, remove a chunk of dough large enough to cover an individual mold.
  8. Spray the mold with cooking spray or scatter flour over top.
  9. Place the dough over a mold shape and press down to cover the whole area.
  10. Roll the dough firmly down into the mold with a rolling pin to a thin layer, preferably with very little sticking above the mold depression.
  11. Trim some of the excess dough away from the edges so that the dough pops out more easily.
  12. Tap the top of the mold firmly against the tabletop until the dough falls out.
  13. With a sharp knife, trace around the edges of the molded cookie until all the excess dough is removed.
  14. Place the molded cookie on the baking sheet in the fridge and repeat this process until all dough is used.
  15. Once all cookies are molded, allow them to rest in the fridge another 30 minutes to chill and maintain their shape.
  16. Lightly brush the cookies with a thin layer of milk to give them a sheen.
  17. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until evenly browned and crispy.


Make the time to chill the dough as well as the molds themselves, the rolling pin you use, the baking sheet, and anything else that will come in contact with the dough to keep everything as cold as possible before baking. This will help the cookies maintain their detailed shapes.

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
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