Speculoos & Speculaas

Speculoos spread and Speculaas cookies

If you have been to Europe, especially Holland, you would have come across Speculoos.  Speculoos is the cookie butter / spread made from the same spices as the cookies.  So, at the Deli Speculaas is the cookies, and Speculoos is the sweet spread butter.

So, whát is Speculaas?  Speculaas is a type of spiced shortcrust biscuit, traditionally baked for consumption on or just before St Nicholas' day in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg (beginning of December), and around Christmas in Germany and Austria. Don't worry, you can find it all year round at the Deli.

Spices used in speculaas are cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and white pepper; these were common in the 1600–1700s due to the Dutch East Indies spice trade.  Family recipes may also include small amounts of other spices like anise, etc.

We stock both the Speculoos cookie butter (smooth or crunchy) as well as the Speculaas cookies.  The cookie butter can be eaten straight from the jar (you really just need a teaspoon!).

Speculaas & Speculoos

The famous cookies (Speculaas) in the background, and the spread or butter (Speculoos) in the front, available in crunchy or smooth.

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