Dutch Kruidnootjes (Spice Nuts)
A recipe for Kruidnootjes (Spice Nuts) is a must have for me as soon as October/November hits. I’m always happy when this time of year comes around, mainly because it means it’s time for some tasty spice nuts! A traditional Dutch cookie only available in shops at the end of the year. Once I start eating them I just can’t stop. Kruidnootjes (Spice Nuts) are also very fun and easy to make, you can involve kids if you want as well. I couldn’t let Sinterklaas pass without a recipe for spice nuts!
Sinterklaas or Saint Nicholas Day is a festival for children usually celebrated on either 5th or 6th of December. It celebrates the legend of Saint Nicholas, bringer of gifts. “Santa Claus” is actually derived from the Dutch Sinterklaas. If you’d like to know more about Sinterklaas I suggest you check out Wikipedia, I’m here for the recipes, not for the history lessons 😉
I’d say, let’s get all the ingredients and start making these homemade spice nuts for Saint Nicholas day or Thanksgiving, or Christmas or just because you feel like it!
Makig Dutch Kruidnootjes (Pumpkin Pie Spice Nuts)
Grab your essentials, brown sugar, self-raising flour, butter, milk and Speculaas Spice Mix, a Dutch Cookie Spice mix. The Dutch Cookies Spice mix, is a typical mix you can find in most of Dutch supermarkets. It is very easy to make your own Speculaas Spice Mix. Pumpkin Pie spice mix can also be used instead of the Dutch cookie spice mix. It’s similar to Speculaas Spice mix but not exactly the same. You have to taste it to understand the difference, but since it has similarities you can use it as a substitute.
Prepare a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
Add flour to a bowl.
Make a hole in the middle of the flour.
Cookie Spice mix.
Pinch of salt.
Now, using your fingers, make a crumbly dough. These aren’t my fingers by the way, my mom was my baking helper for the day, so I could take pictures, thanks mom!
You should make the dough crumbly like this. This is the point where I’d like to ‘taste’ the dough, which sometimes results in less spice nuts in the end, I don’t understand why… ;-).
Quickly kneed the crumble into a supple dough and form into a ball, or in our case, a long shape which kind of reminds me of something else… So I suggest you make a ball, it’s better on the eyes…
Now, take a little bit of the dough and form into little balls, the size of a peanut, or, if you’d like a bigger cookie, the size of a hazelnut. Place the balls on your prepared baking tray.
Place the Spice Nuts in the oven and bake till they are done. The Spice Nuts will harden as they cool down.
And there you have it, extremely tasty Spice Nuts! The Spice Nuts in this picture were gone in about 5 minutes… I didn’t even manage to dip them into chocolate which makes them even more delicious!
If you like these Dutch Kruidnootjes (Spice Nuts cookies) you should try my Pumpkin Spice Popcorn recipe, it’s delicious!
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