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Kruidnoten ~ Dutch little spiced cookies

Kruidnoten ~ Dutch little spiced cookies
8 December 2014 Niels Eric

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’.

kruidnoten - dutch spiced cookies

The result. Delicious brown baked little spiced cookies!

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.


Rollling the cookies into 0.5″sized balls and press them slightly!


[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]


dough with text ingredients

Add some extra zing..


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!


The recipe

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Kruidnoten ~ Little Dutch spiced cookies
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Recipe for little dutch spiced cookies called 'kruidnoten' in Dutch. Perfect little snacks for the holidays!
Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: Dutch
Serves: 100-130 little cookies
  • 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
  1. Put the flour, sugar, milk, salt and the spices into a bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Add the butter and knead until you've got a nice soft dough, which is slightly sticky.
  3. Preheat the oven to 345°F (175°C)
  4. Roll the dough into little balls of about 0.5"
  5. Place the balls on the baking sheet and make sure you give them a soft press
  6. Bake the kruinoten for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven.
  7. Take the kruidnoten from the oven and let them cool before eating.
  8. Enjoy
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.


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Comments (15)

  1. Monique 6 years ago

    Hoi Niels!
    Leuke food blog. Alleen jammer dat ik het recept van de kruidnoten nu pas tegen kom. Was wel handig geweest voor Sinterklaas hier in California. Mooie food photography.

    • Author
      Niels Eric 6 years ago

      Bedankt en leuk om te horen dat jullie ook in California Sinterklaas vieren! Misschien dan maar kruidnoten voor kerst?

  2. joanna 6 years ago

    The dough was quite wet with the butter and the milk so I added more flour. When exactly should we add the milk?

    • Author
      Niels Eric 6 years ago

      Hi Joanna, The milk should be added with the flour, salt and sugar to create the dough. I see I forgot to mention that in the instructions, sorry for that. The milk is added to make the cookies not to dry/crumbly. Water can be added instead of milk also if you don’t want milk.

      I’m curious how your cookies turned out, where they good?

  3. Kate 5 years ago

    Have never made kruidnoten myself but this recipe is fabulous. Easy to follow and they taste wonderful. Took me about an hour all up (rolling all those balls took a while) and I only needed to cook them for about 12mins at that temp. Thank you so much! Lekker!

    • Author
      Niels Eric 5 years ago

      Haha thanks Kate! Great to hear you liked the kruidnoten. Bedankt!

  4. Seema 5 years ago

    Hi Niels!
    Thanks so much for the recipe. I always wanted to bake kruidnoten. I followed your instructions and baked. They turned out very well. My husband and son are enjoying them! The only disaster was, I guess I had left a little bit lesser room between them before placing them in the oven. While baking, they expanded and joined. I could break them easily, but the shape is a bit lost. Next time I am sure I will bake perfect kruidnoten :)

    • Author
      Niels Eric 5 years ago

      Hi Seema,
      Thanks for your comment! Maybe I should warn in the recipe for not putting them too close to eachother :$ but anyway love hearing that they turned out very well! Thanks!

  5. Seema 5 years ago

    Hi Neils,
    It’s Seema again. This time I baked perfect kruidnoten! And I used whole wheat flour as I don’t like non-fibrous all purpose flour :) In fact, I wanted to give it a try with whole wheat flour. Even then they turned out so well that my husband said that they taste better than the ones we buy from supermarket… Thought of letting you know. Thanks once again for the recipe. I am sure I will continue to bake them even after going back to India :) I wish I could post a photo of them for you along with this comment.

  6. Eric 5 years ago

    Heerlijk. Anton, my five year old son just helped bake them. “Heerlijk. I need three more.” Five stars!

    This recipe is being printed and added to our recipe drawer. One modification I’d be inclined to make is to give it more of a bite (some sharpness). Typical kruidnoten do have a touch more bite to them… maybe some pepper? Or, maybe my spices were a little old?

  7. Vicki 3 years ago

    I made this but they turn out flat – we usually go to Holland during the time when I can buy the kruidnoten. This year we are not going so I wanted to make them. So, too much milk/water, too little flour. What do you think?

  8. Lucy 2 years ago

    This recipe is great! I really liked the one with the extra honey but it probably wasn’t as traditional. I used a teaspoon measuring spoon to make sure the biscuits were a consistent size.

  9. Glenda 1 year ago

    Hi I started making these last year for Christmas for the first time with my grandson. I’m not Dutch but husband is. This year we are making them but using Christmas cookie cutters as well as the traditional shape. Now he wants to make them again to give to his teachers.

  10. Laura 6 months ago

    Made these tonight. I liked the cardamom and the honey ones. They did spread out a bit but I did make them a bit bigger than recommended. I found the cinnamon batch a bit strong on my western palate even with only using 1 tbsp of cinnamon. I also found it a little tricky to incorporate the cinnamon – and used a little bit of milk as that quarter was a little dry.
    Delicious result – will be adding to my Christmas recipe rotation, thanks


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