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Danish Spice Cookies (Speculoos)

Danish Spice Cookies (Speculoos)

Danish Spice Cookies (Speculoos)

Danish Spice Cookies (Speculoos)

Danish Spice Cookies (Speculoos)

If you are more of a spiced cookie fan during the holiday season, you’ll love these traditional Speculoos. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom come together in these spicy and delicious cookies. You can find traditional Danish presses online or you can press the cookies flat with the bottom of an interesting glass cup.

  • Author: Addie Gundry
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: Bakery


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling


  1. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium-high speed until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix well. Add the baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, and flour. Mix well.
  2. Refrigerate the dough for about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Using a cookie scoop, shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Use a cookie press or the bottom of a glass to flatten each ball until they are about 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes, until lightly golden brown around the edges.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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