Spekulatius Cookies


Spekulatius (or ‘Speculoos’ or ‘Speculaas’) are a spiced shortcrust biscuit from …Europe? It would seem that there is a lot of debate over where these cookies originate from. They are thin, crunchy cookies, and are typically made in a hand carved wooden mold. I was more than a little bit excited to make these! Now I need to go find a mold in Germany!

German pastries day 5 (6 of 8)


  • 1 g ammonium carbonate
  • 20 mL whipping cream
  • 90 g butter
  • 110 brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 g Lebkuchen spice (cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg)
  • 200 g cake flour


  1. Mix together the ammonium and cream
  2. Mix together (don’t cream) the butter, sugar, and salt
  3. Mix the egg yolk into the butter mixture
  4. Add the ammonium mixture to the butter mixture
  5. Mix in the dry ingredients
  6. Chill for at least a few hours
  7. Knead to make the dough pliable
  8. Roll small balls, flour them, and press into the mold; scrape away excess dough and remove moulded dough
  9. Brush some milk on the cookies to deal with the remaining flour dusting
  10. Bake until dry and crispy


  • Ammonium is a chemical levainer that is activated by heat, not acid, so this dough can sit in the fridge no problem without depleting the levaining agent
  • Ammonium will not lead to rising up as with baking powder or baking soda, rather it leads to spreading and, therefore, is best used in cookies, not cakes
  • If you do not have access to ammonium, you may substitute baking powder instead
Traditional wood mold
Rolling dough into the molds
Removing cookies from the wood molds
Milk wash


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