Speculatius (German Spice Cookies) are considered the traditional St. Nicholas Cookie.









  • 2 1/4             cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4                tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2                tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4                tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4                tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4                tsp ground mace
  •                       pinch salt
  • 3/4                cup butter
  • 1                    cup sugar
  • 1                    tsp grated lemon rind
  • 1                    egg


  1. Combine flour, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, mace and salt onto wax paper.
  2. In a large bowl beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and lemon rind.  Stir  in flour mixture and mix well.
  3. Roll out dough, one half at a time, on a lightly floured surface to a 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut cookies with a cookie cutter. (Any size and shape you want).
  4. Place cookies 1” apart on an ungreased cookie sheets.  Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Bake in a med oven (350 degrees) for 15 minutes or until cookies are light brown.
  6. Remove from cookie sheets to wire racks.  Cool completely.

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