Alternative namesWindmill cookies
TypeShortbread cookie, Biscuit
Place of originNetherlands/Belgium/Rhineland
Main ingredientsFlour, sugar, butter, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg
Speculaas spices: pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg
Schuddebuikjes: Mini speculaas cookie topping, Netherlands, 2019

Speculaas (Dutch: speculaas, pronounced [speːkyˈlaːs], French: spéculoos, [spekylos], German: Spekulatius) is a type of spiced shortcrust biscuit[1] 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.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Beelen, H.; Sijs, N. van der. "Speculaas - (gekruide koek)". Onze Taal (in Dutch): 2013–2021 – via etymologiebank.nl.
  2. ^ "Resep Kue Zaman Penjajahan Belanda". i idntimes. Retrieved 26 May 2020.