Catching Up with Dorie – Speculoos

I skipped this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, cinnamon-crunch chicken, because I could not find the suggested spice cookies the recipe called for.  The LU selection at my everyday supermarket is limited to the chocolate Panky wafers – a childhood favorite!  I also thought about cinnamon graham crackers, but those didn’t seem buttery enough per the description from the recipe.  Instead I chose to play catch up with Dorie Greenspan’s speculoos recipe, baked and blogged about by the FFwD crowd during December 2010.  The recipe appeared in Dorie’s blog during the days Around My French Table was first available to the public.

It is no coincidence that these cookies were chosen for FFwD last December.  Speculoos are Belgian spicy brown/white sugar cookies, traditionally baked to celebrate Saint Nicholas.  Dorie’s recipe includes cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, while other versions also include white pepper, nutmeg, and cardamom.  I chose not to add the ground clove to mine, as I only had whole and I still don’t own a coffee/spice grinder.  I borrowed a few ideas after checking out some of the blog posts from fellow Doristas: sprinkled coarse sugar on top of some of the cookies (thanks Trevor!) and topped others with powdered sugar (thanks Candy!).

Per the book, the recipe as written yields 70 small cookies out of the batch.  Dorie states that she used a small scalloped cutter and rolled the cookies out to a scant 1/4″.  The only thing I have that resembles a scalloped cutter is a bread baking tube I received as a gift.  The cookies measured almost 3″ in diameter!  Before grouping together the scrapes, I got about fifteen cookies out.  I might have to double the recipe next time.  The house smelled amazing while the cookies baked.  While these are not my absolute favorite cookies, they are delicious! I will definitely bake them in this year’s holiday assortment.

Weren’t it because Dorie said that homemade speculoos wouldn’t work well in the cinnamon-crunch chicken recipe, I would save a couple to try it out.  I can’t wait to see how the FFwD crowd did with this week’s real recipe!

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

33 Responses to “Catching Up with Dorie – Speculoos”

  1. September 16, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    Yum. I don’t often eat cookies but I cannot resist specaloos (at any time of the year) These look soooo pretty!

  2. September 16, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Great catch up!
    You know, because of the way the cookies melt into the creme fraiche I don’t see why the homemade ones wouldn’t work. I am in the mood for a cookie now…

  3. September 16, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Oh, I made these cookies also but only because I needed them for the chicken recipe. So in a way, I was playing catch-up too. Your variations with the sugar toppings are lovely!

  4. September 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    I love how your cookies look like snowflakes. Yum! I didn’t get anywhere near 70 out of my batch, either, and I had pretty small cookie cutters. Guess I didn’t roll it thin enough. Oh well!

  5. September 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    I loved these cookies, Adriana. Glad you were able to enjoy them. It was nice to see them again.
    If you want to try the chicken — here’s a link to a blog I follow with instructions on how to make your own creme fraiche from cream and buttermilk, which are easier to find.
    And, if you email me your address, I’ll send you a box of the cookies. My supermarket always has them.

    • September 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

      Thanks for sharing the Three Clever sisters website, Betsy! I have some buttermilk in my fridge (that truth be told I’m not sure if it’s still good) that I could use. How long does buttermilk last after it is open?

      • September 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

        I’d say buttermilk lasts a week or two after opened. If you smell it and look at it (because I guess it will smell a little tangy), if it looks good, it’s probably OK. When I’ve had it too long, you can just tell. Good luck!

  6. September 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Beautiful cookies. I remember really liking these and we boxed up lots of them to ship in our packages to extended family…a fun holiday treat that holds up well. You made a good choice to go back and bake these cookies…they are a treasure that will be used over and over.

  7. September 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    I had so much fun making these last December, Adriana. So glad that you made them. They look so pretty with the sprinkles. You are all set for holiday baking now! 😉 I didn’t know there were so many different varieties of LU cookies until I went looking for the Cinnamon Sugar Spice. 🙂

    • September 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

      I was super lucky – I got that Wilton coarse tinted sugar in an after Christmas sale at Kmart for about fifty cents. It’s only red and white (no green!) so I can use it year-round. 🙂

  8. September 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    I’m going to make these for holidays gifts to friends too! They are perfect! 🙂 They are definantly in my top ten cookie list!

  9. September 16, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    What a great idea to revisit that recipe. Your photos make me want to try them. Nice blog and love your Puerto Rican NOLA “stamp”.

  10. Teresa
    September 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    Great catch-up! I really enjoyed these cookies and I think they’re going to become a Christmas tradition for my family.

    I didn’t make this week’s recipe, as I couldn’t find a gluten-free substitute for the cookies and my usual gluten-eating volunteers weren’t available. No point in making it if I’m the only who can eat it!

  11. September 17, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    I love speculoos… I’ve already planned on making them for Christmas, this year!

  12. September 17, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    Your cookies look lovely! I love catching up with old recipes because then I have the benefit of all the other bloggers’ tips from their own attempts. These cookies are still on my to do list and I am really looking forward to them.

  13. September 17, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    I absolutely LOVED these when I made them at Christmas! Glad you played catchup!

  14. September 17, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    I’ll have to add these to my Christmas baking list this year. They look beautiful.

  15. September 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Reminds me of Christmas, such a lovely preview for a little cookie baking inspiration!
    These are on my list of cookies I want to try from Dorie, I love the way you’ve decorated them and I can imagine your house smelled delicious with the spices;-)

  16. September 18, 2011 at 6:34 am #

    Adriana…Congrats! Today’s Top 9 🙂

  17. Cakelaw
    September 18, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Your speculoos turned out well – great job.

  18. September 18, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Oooh, your cookies look amazing! This was one of the few recipes I missed in our weekly cook alongs. I should add them to my Christmas cookie list 🙂

  19. September 18, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    I’ve never had (or heard of) speculoos. These look like a great holiday treat. And I’m sure they are yummy. I believe I will have to add them to my Christmas cookie list too! 🙂

  20. September 18, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Your speculoos look delicious! David Lebovitz has a recipe for lemon and speculoos ice cream that’s yummy with store-bought speculoos and I’m sure would be even better with homemade ones – it can make the holiday cookies a bit more late-summery…

  21. September 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Congrats on top 9! This looks so yummy!

  22. September 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!

  23. September 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    These look wonderful! A perfect Fall cookie, almost like pizelle. Yum!

  24. September 20, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I couldn’t find speculoos in my grocery either and thought about making some. They really are good, aren’t they? I couldn’t find the time so I used Teddy Grahams!

  25. September 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    So glad you decided to make these. I thought they were terrific. Though, I’d say… just eat the cookies! They are better than the chicken!!!

    Thanks for the inspiration – now I’m ready to make these again. I think they look great – and the size… how fun!!!

  26. Susan
    September 25, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    Your Speculoos turned out so pretty. I like the scalloped edges. Where did you find the cookie cutter? Thanks…

  27. October 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    I have never eaten speculoos, been always curious. Thanks for the link to the recipe, it goes on to to make list! Congrats on the publicity, as mentioned on another post

  28. gaaarp
    October 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    I’ve had a number of favorite recipes in FFwD so far, but this is one I dream about! Can’t wait to make them again. Yours look delicious!!


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