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Spekulatius are crispy, spiced cookies that most people probably know because of their beautiful shape. The typical German spice cookies are made with cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, that also gives the cookie not only taste but also a wonderfully dark brown color.
The relief shape can be easily obtained by wooden models, or silicon baking molds with corresponding patterned shapes, or a molding roll. With such a Spekulatius roller you only have to roll out the dough. Of course you can also simply cut out the cookies and eat them without elaborate reliefs.
You can buy the Spekulatius Silicon molds here:
Spekulatius Christmas Cookies
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup butter (room-temperature)
2 large eggs (room-temperature)
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Store cooled cookies tightly covered. Because of the spices, they should keep for a long time.
In a large bowl mix the granulated sugar and vanilla extract with butter until well combined.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Sift, or whisk together flour with baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.
Stir into mixture until it forms a stiff dough.
Shape dough into a ball, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 or more hours (overnight is best).
Shape the Cookies
Oil and flour a Spekulatius mold. Tap out all excess flour.
Roll a golf ball-size piece of dough between your lightly floured hands into an egg shape.
Press the dough into the mold, filling all crevices.
Use a sharp knife or piece of kitchen twine to cut off excess dough, so the dough is flush with mold.
Tap the mold on the counter to release the cookie, or use a sharp knife to start the release of cookie.
Carefully place the cookie on a cookie sheet and repeat with the rest of the dough.
If this process becomes too onerous, or you do not own any cookie molds, roll the dough 1/8 inch thick, and cut out cookies using your favorite cookie cutters.
Bake in an oven heated to 350 F for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies brown slightly around the edges.
These cookies can be decorated like conventional sugar cookies, but the old-fashioned mold imprints should not be overshadowed, nor should the delicate flavor of the dough be masked.
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