Truffles and Glutenfree Cookies

Spekulatiuspralinen | Speculoos Truffles

Since I had a big jar of spekulatius butter and wasn’t in the mood to use it as a filling for cupcakes or cookies, I made truffles instead. I took the spread out of the fridge, let it sit at room temperature for an hour and formed it into small balls. I placed them on a sheet of parchment paper and melted 5.3 oz semisweet chocolate. Then I dipped the balls in the chocolate and let them sit on the parchment until the chocolate had dried. As simple and delicious as that. When I brought them to work they were gone after 30 minutes. I think taste explosion in your mouth is the right expression for this kind of candy.

When it comes to Christmas cookies, there are some cookies that are more popular than others. Apart from spekulatius, zimtsterne (cinnamon stars) can be found in every supermarket and on every Christmas cookie plate.

Traditionally these cookies are glutenfree, but not eggfree. They consist of ground almonds, ground cinnamon, powdered sugar, and eggwhites topped with a plain sugarglaze. This version was of course made without eggs. They still can be made glutenfree. With a cinnamon glaze they are the perfect cookies for all you cinnamon lovers out there:

Zimtsterne (makes around 27 cookies)

For the cookies:

1 1/3 cups ground almonds
3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 T brown rice syrup
1/2 t cinnamon
1 T ground flax seed mixed with
2 T water
1 T all purpose flour or a glutenfree alternative like rice flour

For the glaze:

1/2 cup unsifted powdered sugar
(you can sift it if you like)
1/2 t cinnamon
2 T + 2 1/2 t water
1/2 t almond extract

To make the cookies, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 320°F.  In a bowl mix almonds, sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Add flax-water mixture and syrup and mix with your hands until everything is well combined. Add some more flour if the batter is too sticky. Roll the dough out between two layers of plastic foil to prevent sticking. Remove the upper foil layer and cut out the cookies. Transfer to the baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely.

To make the glaze, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well until smooth. Spread on top of your cookies and wait until the glaze is dry. Transfer cookies to an airtight container.





37 thoughts on “Truffles and Glutenfree Cookies

  1. Ne ganz einfache Frage zum Rezept:
    1 T Ground Flaxseed – Du meinst, nach dem Mahlen abgemessen, oder? weil wenn man einen EL Leinsamen mahlt hat man ja etwa 2 EL…?
    Und wie ersetze ich das brown rice syrup am Besten – Zuckerrübensirup? Agave?

    1. Ein EL nach dem Mahlen abgemessen. Statt dess Reissirups kannst Du Agavendicksaft nehmen. Zuckerrübensirup hat wahrscheinlich einen zu starken Eigengeschmack.

  2. yum! Ilove the truffles. Chocolate covered cookie butter. genius!

    The cinnamon stars look like perfect christmas cookies.

    mmmm… macaroons. I use the recipe from the Millenium Restaurant’s first cookbook. I smash them flat so that they have more surface area and they get really browned up and crunchy. Their recipe uses sucanat so they have a strong caramel taste.

  3. There’s a link to Lotus caramelized cookies up in the spekulatius spread post. These can be substituted and they are available in many countries. Otherwise you could use any spiced cookie. How about gingersnaps or gingerbread cookies? The taste will be different, but that way could make a local version of this.

  4. Jeepers!
    I could eat all of those goodies! You ROCK!
    I’m really especially loving the Truffles though (just left a comment over on the Spekulatius post you made).
    But to save you going back and forwards – what Cookie could be substituted for Spekulatius?

  5. Both of these look amazing and I’m going to make them both for my father as a Christmas treat. (He’s very proud of our German heritage so I’m planning a German-centric Christmas for him this year!) Thanks for the recipes!

  6. Best triffles? YEAH! They look cute and gorgeous.
    Maybe you should thinking of starting a bakery. I think I would travel to Germany for it.

  7. Mihl,
    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. My mom always bakes zimsterne, one of my favorites. Her version is, of course, non-vegan.
    I’m so excited to try these. I may even bake a batch tomorrow if I can fit it in.
    Jane of

  8. Mihl you’re superhuman! I love how you say “as simple as that” I did some chocolate covering this weekend and… my kitchen was covered in chocolate!! NOM NOMNOM!

  9. okay. those truffles are just insane, mihl. i want to make some when i wake up tomorrow morning. i’ve really abandoned any healthy eating i used to do, so these would be perfect for my diet haha

  10. I have always wanted to make Cinnamon Star cookies, so thank you so much for the recipe!

    The truffles look fantastic and *flavor explosion* sounds awesome!

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