Friday, October 24, 2014

Recipe: kruidnoten


These little ginger spice cookies are a treat traditionally eaten by the Dutch as part of their Sinterklaas celebrations.  I've adapted a recipe from ( to use more American ingredients/measurements

200 g self-rising flour, + 25g to reduce stickiness
100 g (white) sugar
5 tsp speculaaskruiden*
1/2 tsp baking soda
¼ t orange zest
1 stick (8 T) salted butter
1 T (1%) milk
1 T molasses
1 egg white, beaten


Preheat the oven to 340 degrees F.  line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Mix together all the dry ingredients, then stir and knead in wet ingredients until dough forms a nice ball

Roll dough into 8 snakes and then cut each snake into 12 small pieces.  Roll pieces into little balls and place (slightly spaced apart) on the cookie sheet.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cookies turn a slightly darker shade of brown.  Allow to cool.

Makes about 100 kruidnoten.

(Makes 8 tsp)

4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground mace
1 tsp ground ginger
(mixed 1 t of next 5 ingredients, then measured out 1t of mixture)
1/5 tsp ground white pepper (a pinch)
1/5 tsp ground cardamom (a pinch)
1/5 tsp ground coriander seeds (a pinch)
1/5 tsp ground anise seeds (a pinch)
1/5 tsp grated nutmeg (a pinch)