I’ve always been a huge fan of Spekulatius, German holiday cookies, but I’ve found the following recipe only last year — and it has already become one of my favourite holiday cookies! Not the least because this receipe is just perfect for cookie stamps. 🙂 (If you don’t have a cookie stamp, never fear: the cookies taste fantastic with or without stamped motif)
You will need:
- 250 g / 9 oz plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 50 g / 2 oz skinned and ground almonds
- 100 g / 3,5 oz softened butter
- 100 g / 3,5 oz brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- a pinch each of ground cloves, nutmeg, coriander, cardamon
- a pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 50 g / 2 oz flaked almonds
Mix the flour with the baking powder and the ground almonds. Cream together the butter with the sugar, the vanilla sugar, the spices, and the salt. Add the egg, mix together, then add the flour mixture and quickly mix in.
Wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge for about 1 hour.
Pre-heat the oven to 200° C / 392° F (fan-assisted oven: 180° C / 356° F).
Line two baking trays with baking paper and sprinkle the flaked almonds onto the paper.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface about 4 mm thick. Cut in rectangles. OR run wild with your cookie stamp(s) and your cookie cutters. 🙂
Place the cookies onto the baking trays and bake for about 12 minutes until golden brown. Place the cookies onto a baking rack until cool, then store them in a pretty tin. (They developed their full taste only after a few days.)
Now you have the cookies, it’s time to grab a cup of tea (or coffee) (or hot cocoa) and snuggle up on your couch with a nice book! And since you’re warm and comfy, what could be better than a book partly set in the stark, bleak landscape of the wintry fenlands?
When BEWITCHED was first released, Kathe Robin from RT Book Reviews called the novel a “captivating tale of a spell gone wrong, a love potion gone right, deceit, revenge, black magic and redemption.”
Sweet passion …
After a magical mishap that turned her uncle’s house blue, Miss Amelia Bourne was stripped of her powers and sent to London in order to be introduced into polite society—and to find a suitable husband. Handsome, rakish Sebastian “Fox” Stapleton was all that and more. He was her true love. Wasn’t he?
… or the bitter taste of deceit?
At Rawdon Park, the country estate of the Stapletons, Amy began to wonder. Several inexplicable events suggested that one sip of bitter punch had changed her life forever—that this love, this lust, was nothing but an illusion. She and Fox were pawns in some mysterious game, and black magic had followed them out of Town. Without her powers, would she be strong enough to battle those dark forces and win? And would she be able to claim her heart’s true desire? Magic potion or no, what she felt for Fox was a spell that could never be broken.
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* The recipe is based on the Spekulatius recipe from the book Lieblings-Weihnachtsplätzchen by GU. The original recipe can be found online here.