The word Spekulaas comes from the Latin word “speculum”, meaning “mirror”. Traditionally, the dough was pressed into wooden, hand-carved moulds, representing “mirror” imprints on them. These imprints would often feature images of St. Nicholas and his life. The biscuits were made to honour him and were traditionally only made for the 6th of December, but these days, they are made during Advent and for Christmas in general.
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For the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, join Maria and Ina in baking Spekulaas Biscuits.
These crunchy, golden Spekulaas Biscuits made with spekulaas spice in the Netherlands and neighbouring countries for St Nicholas Day on the 6th of December are traditionally shaped using hand-carved wooden moulds before baking. Saint Nicholas was known for his secret gift giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of his faithful. He is remembered to this day when spekulaas biscuits are baked.
Laced with honey and spice, these Spekulaas Mixed Nuts make a beautiful homemade gift or impressive snack with drinks when friends pop in.