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Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2015 ~ Speculaas Cookies

By December 4, 2015Cookies, Recipes

I am really excited about this post.

Mainly because I feel like I’ve been waiting an entire year to participate.

Well, that’s when I found out about the Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

and I wanted to participate!

But last year was when I was just starting my blog and part of the fine print in participating is your blog needs to be x,y, z….

So this year I qualified!!

And signed up, donated to a great cause:

Childhood Cancer Foundation

and then waited for emails to let me know next steps.

This year they had over 400 participants!

Then you are matched with 3 other Food Bloggers to make and send cookies to.

Reminds me of pen-pals in elementary school, except better rewards (cookies, duh) and new friends!

This has been really fun to join in and try out a new cookie recipe.

Oh yes, that’s the next part, choosing a cookie-swap worthy recipe!?

I did do a little research, a few weeks worth combing through every cookie book I own and I stumbled upon one I have never heard of or made before.

Speculaas Cookies

My cookbook mentioned it was a classic Dutch cookie and served around December 5th for Saint Nicolas’ Feast in the Netherlands.

Sounds good, ingredients look good, lets try it!


p.s.- my cook book recipe is different from any other Speculaas or Speculoos recipe I can find online. Let me know what you guys think!

food processor

I made my own Almond “flour”

almond flour

Almonds weren’t blanched, but still yummy 😉

apple pie spice mix

I made my own “Apple Pie Spice” mix:

4 tsp Cinnamon, 2 tsp. Nutmeg, 1 tsp. Cardamom

Mix together and use in this recipe and for your next apple pie


mixing bowl

dry ingredients

Dry ingredients

all dry mix

Hazelnut and Almond meal added

mix in wet ingredients

Making a “dough” with added wet ingredients

marzipan log

Make 2 “logs” out of the marzipan dough, wrap in plastic wrap and chill while making the other dough

dry dough ingredients


Mix dough thoroughly.

dixie crystals baking mat

P.s.- Another great thing about signing up for this cookie swap; I got some AMAZING baking gifts from the Sponsors! This non-stick baking mat was sent to me from Dixie Crystals and it is awesome! fits my jelly-roll pan perfectly and cookies don’t stick at all with no extra oil/fat.

Thanks Dixie Crystals 😉

dixie crystals

tupperware rolling mat

Rolling it out old school… TupperWare rolling mat, love the dimensions for easy baking

dough square

Roll your dough out into a 12 inch square

dough rectangles

Make 2 rectangles (I used a pizza cutter, simple & effective)


Brush the dough with an egg wash and then place the marzipan filling in the middle of each dough.


Roll up the dough, sealing in the marzipan center and place the logs seal side down on the lined baking sheet.

sugar topping

 Brush the tops with egg and sprinkle with sanding sugar.

sanding sugar

Needs more sugar. Always needs more sugar.

post bake

Post bake: the logs cracked!

cooking slicing

Very crumbly when slicing. I tried to salvage them.

Speculaas Cookies

Speculaas Cookies

Next step in the cookie swap: Packaging them up for shipment!

cookie jars

It’s a little tough packing cookies and hoping that the mail persons don’t kick the box before it reaches its final destination.

I hope my recipients got their cookies intact and not crumbs!

My Food Blogger Cookie recipients this year were:

The Gingered Whisk


Diary of a Mad Hausfrau

I hope you guys liked your cookies!

Then the next exciting part of the cookie swap?

Getting random cookies in the mail!!

I received cookies from:

The Goodie Godmother

Mary Garcia


My San Francisco Kitchen

Kristianne Hannemann



Plating Pixels

Matthen Ivan



Thank you so much for the wonderful cookies and keepsake cookies tins!!!

Happy Holidays everyone.

I can’t wait for the next cookie swap.


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36 cookies
36 cookies
Print Recipe
36 cookies
36 cookies
Servings: cookies
  1. 1. For the filling, put the ground hazelnuts, almonds, caster sugar, icing sugar, beaten egg and 2 tsp lemon juice in a bowl and mix in half and roll each piece into a sausage shape (about 10 inches long). Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator. 2. To make the dough, sift the flour and mixed apple pie spice into a large mixing bowl then stir in the brown sugar. Mix in the butter. 3. Beat one of the eggs, add to the mixture and mix together to form a dough. Knead lightly, then wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. 4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a 12 inch square and cut in half to make 2 equal rectangles. Beat the remaining egg and brush some all over the dough rectangles. 5. Place a roll of filling on each piece of pastry to enclose the filling. place, join side down, on baking sheet. 6. Beat the remains of the egg with the milk and caster sugar and brush over the rolls. Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool before cutting diagonally into slices.
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  • Lora says:

    Becky, as a part time resident of a location in Germany right on the Dutch border and as a recipient of these cookies, I can say these are SPECtacular and delicious. Thanks for sending them! Happy Holidays!

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