Speculoos–French Fridays with Dorie

by cakeduchess on December 10, 2010 · 30 comments


Speculoos (or speculaas) are crisp and full of spices. Perfect with tea or coffee. Delicious made small or large. They are traditional Christmas cookies served on St. Nicholas’s eve on December 6th in their native Belgium. That old St. Nick is a lucky guy! 
What is there not to LOVE about a speculoos?!? I made my batch and I used two different cutters. I used the smaller one and the larger one. The smaller sized speculoos disappeared immediately. The little hands ran off with those as soon as they cooled.
The larger ones…well, let me tell you about those! It’s funny how I had two friends come by yesterday when I told them what I was baking. One friend came by to show me a new make-up she was wearing. Suspicious? I think so.
The other friend I did actually invite. We were going to her house for dinner. Then I mentioned I was baking. We ended up eating at my house. Speculoos went vamoose pretty rapidly.
The smell is heavenly when you are baking them. The crispiness is wonderful. I happened to save a few for my mom to try. They ended up being a little bit softer today. Even better the second day. This is a new holiday favorite for the Duchess’ casita. I AM IN LOVE with this recipe.
You know the drill, we are not allowed to share the recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s new book. The book is incredible. I read Dorie tweet earlier today on Twitter that it has been reprinted. So if you were not lucky enough to get a copy, you could get one in time for Christmas!
Please join us with French Fridays with Dorie. It is lots of fun! You can join us on Dorie’s website.
Now I do have something you can look at and get a recipe!! It is my guest post with Chef Dennis at my all-time favorite blog: More Than a Mountful.
I had to bake something special for Chef Dennis. He has a huge following that looks forward to his tasty recipes and sweet stories every week. I couldn’t let down his readers. I ADORE this cake. This special holiday cake recipe is over here!
Isn’t she a lovely cake?


If we are freezing our buns off here in South Florida, I know y’all are too! I hope you are snuggling by a warm fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa. I know I told you I wish we had a fireplace. I hope you are eating cake or some speculoos.
ONE LAST THING! I swear! Don’t forget to leave a comment and be a part of my Tate’s Bake Shop giveaway! I have seen this giveaway on many of my friend’s blogs. You should try on all of them. The book is great and so are the cookies!

Thank you, as always, for stopping by!

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

annapet December 10, 2010 at 3:34 am

Yum! Like I need another excuse to bake cookies! Thanks for the open invite, Lora. I’ll look into French Fridays with Dorie.


tastesbetterwithfriends December 10, 2010 at 3:36 am

Whether they are speculaas or speculoos, they do look like the perfect addition to a cup of tea and since I’m a proud owner of Around my French Table, I do have the recipe!
p.s. the cake looks great!


BakingWithoutaBox December 10, 2010 at 3:38 am

They’re so sparkly! Very festive! And wonderful guest post. Sorry we couldn’t send you some of the SoCal warm. It’s 85 here this weekend. Very un-holiday.


Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite December 10, 2010 at 3:39 am

These WERE fab weren’t they? I have been rationing a few each day :-) I made stars for Christmas but I love the crimped edges of yours :-)


Claudia December 10, 2010 at 3:56 am

Dorie has not failed me yet. Theese look so inviting.I’ve heard about North Florida cold… but I’, in MN… so not too impressed! Oh your cookies? Delectable!


A Thought For Food December 10, 2010 at 4:08 am

Why do I keep procrastinating (it may be the extensive cookbook collection I’ve created this year), but I need to get Dorie’s book.

These cookies look wonderful and I’m so excited to try them out.

And I’m heading over now to look at your guest post on Dennis’ site!


Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } December 10, 2010 at 5:01 am

What a perfect cookie for the holidays! I think that I would have to make a double batch. :-)


Bouler Locavore December 10, 2010 at 5:40 am

This look fantastic! I made some with a different recipe last weekend and they taste like the holidays.

So sorry about your chill!


veggietestkitchen December 10, 2010 at 5:50 am

OMG, that cake looks beyond incredible. You can see that it’s spongy. and the way you drizzled the topping looks effortless but stylish. perfect balance here. I’m surprised its so cold in FL this year. It’s pretty temperate here in CA.


Roxan December 10, 2010 at 7:44 am

Oh, I was in Belgium last year and I had the most delicious speculoos at this one cookie shop called Dandoy! They still use the traditional wooden molds. Yum, this post is totally bringing them back to me! It’s funny that you post this because I think that I might have been in Belgium to this day one year ago. I wish I was there right now!

By the way – beautiful beautiful cake…


Chef Dennis December 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

What a spectacular cookie, Dorie is a wonderful resource! But I think you had a lot to do with just how great they came out!
Thank you so much for such a wonderful guest post, your cake is incredible!!!
I know its supposed to be warm in Florida but I woke up to 22 degrees this morning…brrrrrrrrr
Have a great weekend my friend!


Amy Bakes Everything December 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Those are so beautiful! Will be Googling this one for sure!


happywhennothungry December 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

These cookies look awesome and what a wonderful guest post as well! DC has been super cold and they’re even saying snow on Monday (I’m secretly excited)!


Elin December 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Lora…those Dorie’s cookies looks great. I am a great fan of Dorie :) Have KIV it for my next cookie making :) Thanks for sharing at Chef Denni’s blog your Angel cake and these delectable cookies :)


Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels December 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Aren’t they soooo delicious and addicting?! Yours look just lovely and so tasty! I love the photo of them. :)
I seriously could go on and on about how incredible your guest post is. Your cake is one of my favorites of yours!


Foodessa December 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Many years ago i had a chance to have these yummy cookies in a cafe in the midst of Brugge, Belgium…and loved every bite. I don’t have Dorie’s book so I’ll take your word that she has a great recipe ;O)

Now…wow…wow…how stunning is that cake?!?
Later on I’ll have to go check out your guest post and look at it properly.

Ciao for now,


Jeannie December 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm

The cookies look so addictive and so festive! Hope you have a wonderful weekend:D


Jamie December 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Wow that cake is stunning! I think the same spirit was running in both our brains this week and when you look at the cake I just posted you’ll see why! Yours is fabulous! And speculoos? They don’t look like the store-bought kind – they look more beautiful and feminine and elegant! Beautiful!


Wendy Irene (Give Love Create Happiness) December 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm

What beautiful photos you have! I really enjoy them!


Allison December 10, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Thanks for the chocolate caramel angel food cake recipe. It looks amazing!


wanderlustforfood December 10, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Good to know they are better the 2nd day – I am giving them as a hostess gift tomorrow night and was planning to wait until tomorrow to bake them. Guess I’ll fire up the oven tonight! Great post – loving FFwD! – Laura


claire December 10, 2010 at 9:58 pm

yum… I wish I was leaving work to go home and feast on some of these!

That is great!

Also, wanted to remind you Merry Monday’s theme is Mint! Hope you can join!



Jennifurla December 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Nice blog – Chef Dennis sent me! New follower.


Ilke December 11, 2010 at 3:30 am

I told myself I was not going to buy a new cookbook for a while! You are making it impossible to keep my promise! :)


whatsfordinneracrossstatelines December 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Nice post over there at Chef D’s! Your stuff is always yummy though. These cookies are so darn cute. I can’t wait to start cookie baking, I’m holding off till Friday though, so I don’t eat them all before xmas.


Sue December 12, 2010 at 4:57 am

You know what, Lora? I have Dorie’s book, so I am going to check out this recipe, pronto! :) Your cookies look SO pretty! Thanks for the visit and signing up to follow me:) You have a wonderful blog here, and I love your photos!
Enjoy your Sunday! From your newest follower, Sue


Cherine December 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

I love speculoos. Yours look absolutely wonderful.


Gloria December 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Absolutely lovely cookies! gloria


Elizabeth December 13, 2010 at 2:34 am

Ooh, have you ever tried Speculoos spread? It’s made from the cookies that are ground up. It’s the consistency of nutella, but tastes like a sweet spice cookie. It’s out of this world.


The Mom Chef December 16, 2010 at 1:55 am

Oh, those look wonderful. My mom is Belgian and she used to make them all the time but it’s been years now since I’ve had one. I can smell them cooking in my mind. Yours look absolutely perfect.


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