Dutch Kruidnootjes (Spice Nuts)

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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 ­čśë

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)

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 01

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.

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 02

Prepare a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 03

Add flour to a bowl.

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 04

Make a hole in the middle of the flour.

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 05

Add sugar.

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 06

Cookie Spice mix.

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 07

Butter.

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 08

Pinch of salt.

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 09

And milk.

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 10

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!

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 11

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… ;-).

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 12

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…

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 13

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.

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 14

Place the Spice Nuts in the oven and bake till they are done. The Spice Nuts will harden as they cool down.

 

Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 15

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!

An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids

If you like these Dutch Kruidnootjes (Spice Nuts cookies) you should try my Pumpkin Spice Popcorn recipe, it’s delicious!

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An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids

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Tasty Spice Nuts
An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids.
Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com
Votes: 9
Rating: 4.33
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Type Cookies, Snacks
Cuisine Dutch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
spice nuts
Ingredients
Type Cookies, Snacks
Cuisine Dutch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
spice nuts
Ingredients
Tasty Pumpkin Spice Nuts | An easy (pumpkin) Spice Nuts cookie recipe. Recipe for Dutch Kruidnootjes. These spice cookies are delicious and easy to make with your kids. | https://www.cakieshq.com
Votes: 9
Rating: 4.33
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 302┬░F/150┬░C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Add flour to a bowl and make a little hole in the middle.
  3. Add sugar, butter, Dutch cookie spice mix, salt and milk into the hole in the flour.
  4. Start crumbling the dough with your fingers.
  5. When the dough is nice and crumbly, quickly kneed it into a supple dough.
  6. Make little balls out of the dough the size of a peanut, or hazelnut if you'd like your spice nuts to be a bit bigger.
  7. Place the balls on the baking tray and bake the spice nuts for about 20 minutes till they're brown and done.
Recipe Notes

Please note that the cup measurements in this recipe are approximate. I have added cups for those that prefer using cups. The recipe is most accurate using weights measurements.

  • Kruidnoten┬átaste great dipped in chocolate as well.
  • Check out my recipe to make your own Speculaas Spice Mix / Dutch cookie spice mix (speculaaskruiden / koekkruiden).
  • Pumpkin Pie spice mix can also be used instead of Speculaas Spice Mix / Dutch cookie spice mix (speculaaskruiden / koekkruiden). The taste won't be exactly the same but both spice mixes have similarities.

2 comments

  1. 13 December 2011

    Yum! Still want to make these! I think I can even create a vegan version with coconut oil, non-dairy milk (maybe almond?) and maybe even go nuts with whole-wheat flower haha!
    lekkeerrrr!

    1. 13 December 2011

      You can definitely make these vegan, you can even use vegan butter and replace milk with soy or indeed almond milk. Should still taste delish!

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