Spekulatius cookies are similar to the now so famous Belgian speculoos cookies. They have more spices though and less of a caramel flavour. In Germany you can buy spekulatius spice blends during Christmas season, but it is very easy to make your own, too! This is the version I came up with.
Spekulatius Spice Mix:
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground anise seeds
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground mace
Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
Speculoos Waffles (makes four to five waffles)
180 g (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
50 g (1/4 cup) light brown sugar or sucanat
25 g (1/4 cup) ground almonds
2 teaspoons spekulatius spice mix
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
300 ml (1 1/4 cups) soy milk*
60 ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil of choice
additional oil for waffle iron.
*Maybe you will need more. My waffle iron works best with a very thick batter. I know that most other waffle irons have better outcomes with thinner batters. If you think your batter is too thick, add more milk or water.
Preheat waffle iron and grease it.
In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, almonds, spices, baking powder, and salt. Add soy milk and oil and whisk well until no lumps remain. Add more soy milk if necessary. Pour batter into waffle iron and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.
This post was edited and the recipe updated on May 1st, 2013.