Little Dutch spiced cookies
Every year on the 5th of December the Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas, it’s somekind of a national holiday except people still have to go to work. Sinterklaas is an old man with a long white beard and a strange red hat and brings all childeren a present. His helpers are called (translated) Black Pete and they do actually most of the work, like baking and sharing these spiced little cookies called kruidnoten, which literally translates to ‘spiced nuts’.
Well, you’ll think I’m a little late sharing this recipe because the 5th of December and Sinterklaas is already over, but I really wanted to let you know about these spiced little cookies because they are great for the upcoming holidays. You can eat them like cookies or use them in your desserts, anyway once you made them you’ll keep eating them for sure!
Baking these little cookies is really easy and fun to do. The recipe is a mixture of butter, flour, dark brown sugar a pinch of salt and then…most importantly: the spices! Cinnamon, ground cloves, ground cardamom, nutmeg and ground ginger.
[blockquote quote_type=”type2″ author_name=”Niels” width=”100%” float=”left”]Tip! To make this recipe better divide the dough into four even quarters before rolling the little balls and add an extra ingredient to every part. I used the following extra ingredients. To the 1st quarter dough I added 2 tbsp cinnamon. To the 2nd quarter dough I added 3 tsp cardamom. To the 3rd quarter dough I added 1 tbsp of orange zest. And the 4th quarter had 1 tbsp Honey added.[/blockquote]
The kruidnoten are bite-sized which makes them perfect for a small snack with your morning coffee but they go as an afternoon-snack as well, they go all day! Everyone in the Netherlands loves these Dutch little spiced cookies so I’m quite sure you will love ’em too!
- 2 cups of selfraising flour
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- ¾ cup of butter
- pinch of salt
- 4 Tbsp milk (or water)
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground cardamom
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- Put the flour, sugar, milk, salt and the spices into a bowl and mix until combined.
- Add the butter and knead until you've got a nice soft dough, which is slightly sticky.
- Preheat the oven to 345°F (175°C)
- Roll the dough into little balls of about 0.5"
- Place the balls on the baking sheet and make sure you give them a soft press
- Bake the kruinoten for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven.
- Take the kruidnoten from the oven and let them cool before eating.
To make this recipe better divide the dough into four even quarters before rolling the little balls and add an extra ingredient to every part. I used the following extra ingredients. To the 1st quarter dough I added 2 tbsp cinnamon. To the 2nd quarter dough I added 3 tsp cardamom. To the 3rd quarter dough I added 1 tbsp of orange zest. And the 4th quarter had 1 tbsp Honey added.