|Alternative names||Windmill cookies|
|Type||Shortbread cookie, Biscuit|
|Place of origin||Netherlands/Belgium/Rhineland|
|Main ingredients||Flour, sugar, butter, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg|
Speculaas (Dutch: speculaas, pronounced [speːkyˈlaːs], French: spéculoos, [spekylos], German: Spekulatius) is a type of spiced shortcrust biscuit baked with speculaas spices.
Speculaas is usually flat in the shape of a picture[clarification needed] and is especially popular around the feast of St. Nicholas (Dutch: Sinterklaas). The oldest sources on speculaas also mention weddings and fairs. In recent decades, however, it has become normal to eat speculaas all year round, especially with coffee or tea, or with ice cream.
Speculaas is mainly made and eaten in Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as in the German Westphalia and Rhineland, Luxembourg and northern France. It can also be found in Indonesia where it is known as spekulaas or spekulaaskoekjes, and usually served at Christmas or on other special occasions.