Speculoos Christmas Decoration Cookies

Speculoos Christmas Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 20-30 cookies

What could be perfect on your dessert spread this Christmas than homemade traditional Speculoos (Biscoff) Cookies? These spice cookies are a huge hit in Europe, specifically Belgium at Christmas, but are now popular all over the world.

Ingredients:

  • 440g plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 200g butter, cold and cubed
  • 2 tbsp milk

Directions:

  1. Sift the flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder and salt into a large bowl, then add the brown sugar. Pour into the food processor bowl.
  2. Add the cubed butter into the food processor and process until clumps just start forming together. It may seem at first that it won't clump and seem like breadcrumbs, but keep going as the moisture from the butter and brown sugar will start the beginning of a crumbly dough.
  3. Once the clumps start forming, quickly add the milk and continue to process until a dough forms.
  4. Remove the dough from the food processor and kneed if necessary to a smooth dough. Using two pieces of parchment paper roll our the dough between the parchment paper until around 3mm thickness. If you want to imprint your cookies, you can do that at this point as the final roll on the dough itself. Chill the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or preferably overnight for maximum flavour.
  5. Once chilled, remove the dough from the fridge and preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4, Line 3-4 baking trays with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
  6. Carefully remove the parchment paper from the top. Using cookie cutters, cut out your shapes and transfer onto the prepared baking trays with at least 2-3cm gap between cookies. I put all bigger cookies on to one tray, and group smaller cookies on a different baking tray as the smaller cookies bake faster.
  7. If making Christmas tree decorations, use a straw or a piping tip to use out little holes to hang.
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown and firm to the touch (bearing in mind small cookies require less baking time).
  9. Cool in the tray for 5 minutes before trasferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Decorate with royal icing if required, or attach to the Christmas tree with ribbon or baking twine.
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