“I believe another name for Windmill Cookies is Speculaas. The spices "speculaaskruiden" make this cookie so distinctive and were imported centuries ago from the far east. ” - by ICECATS
Original recipe yields 2 dozen
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour with spices, baking powder and salt.
- In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and mix well.
- Stir in by hand half the flour mixture, then add the remaining flour and almonds. Mix with a wooden spoon or knead with hands.
- Divide dough into four parts, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for several hours. (If you are using a mold, chill it as well.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and grease two cookie sheets.
- Remove one quarter of the dough from the refrigerator and flatten it with your hands. Oil your mold and lightly flour it. Using your fingers, press dough firmly into the mold. Trim any excess dough from the mold with a knife.
- Transfer the cookies onto greased cookie sheets with a spatula, spacing about one inch apart.
- Refrigerate dough trimming to be rerolled later. Lightly flour but do not re-oil cookie mold.
- Repeat process with remaining dough. When cookie sheets are full, bake cookies for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Store in a covered tin.
Amount Per Serving (12 total)
- 368 cal
- 18.1 g
- 47.6 g
Based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Reviews (8)Rate This Recipe
"I made these cookies for my family, and they devoured them. I do not have a windmill mold, so I divided the dough in half, made rectangles out it and chilled it in saran wrap. Actually, in the freez..." See moreer! Then I sliced it into 1/8'slices and baked them for 12 minutes. So crispy and crunchy, these went like wild fire. I found them to be extremely easy. I plan to make these a part of my Christmas cookies!! Thanks for such a great recipe!"
"This cookie was ok. It was a little bland. My husband's family is Dutch and he said that this cookie was not much like the original windmill ones. The spices are off and the texture is too cakey. It d..." See moreoes taste nice for a lite snack but not much like real speculass."
"These did not taste like speculaas at all to me, and I was born and raised into a dutch family, so I definitely have a lot of personal experience!! They tasted like a bland sugar cookie to me, with a..." See more hint of spice. They definitely need more zip and perhaps some molasses as well to intensify the flavour. Just throwing ideas out there. Not sure if I will bother trying to make these again, even with alterations, sorry. My kids ate one and didn't ask for more, which is a pretty strong statement."
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