Ah, best viagra hospital Christmas baking. There’s something so magical about it. The smell, prostate the day(s) spent in the kitchen, the decorating, and the eating until you can’t eat anymore, due to the fact that there is nothing left to eat because, well, you ate it all. Pure magic. One of my all time favourite recipes to make during the holidays are Speculaas cookies. They are a dutch cookie, and they are delicious. My dad was born in the Netherlands, making me half Dutch, and my husbands entire family is Dutch. Concluding this to be the perfect dessert to bake for when we have family over. The bonus is that people who aren’t Dutch love these cookies too! Win, win.
Now you can make these as cookies, but honestly, I always make them as squares. They are thicker, and it’s easier to just put all the dough in a cookie sheet and throw it in the oven. But if you really want to make cookies, go for it! Then let me know how it works out. Deal? A special note *my mother in law showed me this recipe and I have loved making them this way ever since. She’s a great baker, and it’s nice sharing a family recipe don’t you think? Thanks Grace!
Ingredients: **This will fill one regular sized cookie sheet
1 cup butter, softened + a tbsp for buttering the pan
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp all spice
pinch of ginger
pinch of white pepper
First, pre-heat the oven between 325 and 350. Then mix the butter, brown sugar and egg together in one bowl until it’s a creamy texture. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar with all of the spices. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, gently beating with a hand mixer. The dough should become quite crumbly and kind of dry looking. Don’t worry! It’s supposed to be that way. Once the ingredients are all mixed together and there aren’t any visible flour clumps, lightly grease your cookie sheet and put the dough into it. Spread the dough evenly across the entire cookie sheet and roll with a rolling pin to smooth the top.
Once you’re set, pop it in the oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes (depending on how hot your oven is). It will be ready when you can stick a tooth pick in the middle and no dough sticks to it. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes then flip the cookie sheet upside down and allow it to cool out of the sheet on a cooling rack for another 5-10 minutes. Finally cut into squares, and devour. Or save for your guests. Just be yourself.
Yummy! Here’s a secret for y’all. My LOVELY sister Sarah actually baked and photographed this batch. I simply don’t have an oven here, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get all the ingredients/oven use to be able to share this amazing recipe with all of you. As usual, my sister came to the rescue and offered to do it for me! Isn’t she amazing? With the help of my mom (thanks momma!!), she did a beautiful job and I so wish that I could eat one of these with her right now. But alas, I am here and she is there (being home). It will have to wait until we leave this crazy land.
I hope you guys get the chance to make a batch of these tasty treats over the holidays. They are so good, and just the right amount of spice to have with your morning coffee. It’s totally okay to eat treats for breakfast if it’s relatively close to Christmas, right? I think so.