Spekulatius Caramel Chocolate Bars

 

Spekulatius (speculoos) Caramel Chocolate Bars

Grease a 28 x 18 cm (7 x 11 inch) pan or line with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F)

To make the cookie crust:

120 g (1/2 cup) margarine, softened
50 g (1/4 cup) sugar
180 g (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
1 pinch salt

In a bowl, combine margarine and sugar. Beat with a hand-held blender until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt and use your hands to form a dough. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool completely. (Don’t remove from the pan.)

Spread 150 g (5.3 oz) of Spekulatius spread on top.

Gently warm 270 g ( 1 cup) of dulce de leche on the stove until it has a rather liquid consistency again. Pour over speculoos layer and distribute evenly. Be careful not to mix the Spekulatius and the dulce de leche layer. Place in the fridge and let set over night.

Melt 150 g (5.3 oz) semisweet chocolate and drizzle on top. Let cool. Carefully cut into little bars.

 

70 Comments

  • 6 years ago

    I have never forgiven myself for not buying the vegan Speculoos spread I saw in Antwerp! There was so much of it that I was sure I’d find it other places too, and then…. nope. I arrived back in Australia about a month later broken-hearted.

  • Emma
    6 years ago

    I would love to try the treats for the first time, they all look so delicious. Your so generous for doing the giveaway :)

  • melba
    6 years ago

    Greetings from Poland for you and your family :) I’m glad that you’re back.

  • 6 years ago

    What a generous gift basket! And I’m actually leaving for a brief trip to Germany today, so I must make a note to try the gluhwein, at least. :)

  • 6 years ago

    OH YUM! Goodies to die for. Never been to Germany, yet…

  • Caro
    6 years ago

    Love your blog! Need to WIN!! :))
    I think I said what’s important ;)

  • 6 years ago

    Yum. I am drooling over these bars! Pick me, pick me ;-)

  • mirjam
    6 years ago

    Ich verzichte eigentlich auf ein eventuelles Paket (weil ich das alles – ausser den Glühweingewürzen – bereits im Küchenschrank habe, und weil wir in einem Monat nach Schweden umziehen), aber ich wollte doch was schreiben: Bevor es fertige ‘Speculoospasta’ gab, haben wir hierzulande in Belgien bloss Speculooskekse in Kaffee getüncht, und die weiche Masse dann als Brotaufstrich gegessen: funktioniert genauso gut, und finde ich eigentlich immer noch am Besten (nur trinke ich nie Kaffee..). Und was noch lecker ist: Vanillepudding (Dr. Oetker-Pulver oder so) kochen, und Pudding/Speculooskekse schichtenweise anordnen in kleinen Schälchen. Habe ich auch schon seit meiner Kinderzeit so gegessen. Superlecker und unglaublich einfach.

    • Mihl
      6 years ago

      Ja. ist verrückt, dass der Aufstrich so viel Ausehen erregt, oder. Ich glabe, Deine Version ist nicht nur einfacher, sondern auch besser. Speculoos und Kaffee! Viel Spaß in Schweden und einen – soweit möglich – stressfreien Umzug.

  • Jasmine
    6 years ago

    I would love to try these!

  • 6 years ago

    I love Glühwein and Spekulatius cookies. Whenever I go to Germany to visit my sister, I buy a lot of those cookies, since they are so hard to find where I live. Fortunately glühwein is everywhere :)

  • Chris
    6 years ago

    I love Biscoff cookies! I just bought the spread to try as well but I’m saving that for the Christmas holiday.

  • 6 years ago

    That bar looks gorgeous.. and i love the flavors in it.. i havent tried speculoos before.. but was planning to get some from Tjs after seeing a couple of cookie recipes.. now i need me some spread to make these bars too!
    Love your blog!!

  • 6 years ago

    I really want to try this spread. We have the Lotus brand of cookies here, but I haven’t seen Speculoos/Biscoff variety. I must investigate further. Anyway, it would be exciting to win stuff.
    Would some of that vegan caramel in a tin work for the caramel layer here? I have a tin that I need to use up in something before it expires.

    • Mihl
      6 years ago

      The speculoos cookies arefrom Lotus. Maybe they are just called differently?
      I have never seen caramel in a tin over here, but I don’t see why it shouldn’t work. As long as it is not too gooey.

  • Kim
    6 years ago

    Those cookies look incredible. Thanks for offering such a nice giveaway!

  • Vivian
    6 years ago

    Makes me want to do some baking although that is out this year after a total knee replacement

  • Michelle
    6 years ago

    This looks lovely!

  • 6 years ago

    Oh my! I’m drooling over here. I think I would die if I won these, but it would SOOO be worth it!

  • Michele Lewis
    6 years ago

    Your give-away items sound so delicious! And the Caramel Chocolate Bars recipe also. Happy holidays!

  • Inge
    6 years ago

    I would love to win! I like Speculoos as its called in the Netherlands,but I love to try the German version :)

  • Krista
    6 years ago

    I cannot wait to try this recipe! Caramel and Speculoos and chocolate and shortbread – it’s like everything I love best in a dessert rolled into one. Brilliant!

  • Lori P.
    6 years ago

    What a great giveaway! I just love Lebkuchen!

  • 6 years ago

    Those bars look divine– wish I could grab one off the screen. I’m not familiar with these cookies, so I would absolutely love to make them someday.

  • 6 years ago

    I was wondering if Biscoff was the same thing..now I know! The bars look delicious!

  • Sonja
    6 years ago

    Happy Sinterklaas! I’m from Belgium so very familiar with speculaas, but I had never heard of Spekulatius, so now I’m very curious. hence my comment in hopes acquiring said cookies :-)

  • 6 years ago

    That al looks so good :)

    Do you know if that spread similar to the Biscoff spread? A USian friend got me onto it, and of course I haven’t seen it anywhere since.

    • Mihl
      6 years ago

      Speculoos spread = biscoff spread. Spekulatius spread is slightly different, but mostly it’s the texture.

      • 6 years ago

        Cool, well now I have two names I can search for it under while I globe-hop :)

  • 6 years ago

    What a wonderful giveaway! Your cookie recipe is on my list for holiday baking – I keep adding to the list :)

  • 6 years ago

    Those bars look really tasty!

  • Erin
    6 years ago

    Thanks for continuing to blog! I love reading your posts.

  • 6 years ago

    What a fantastic giveaway. I’m particularly interested in the Glühwein, which I’ve never tried before. I had a brief taste of spekulatius spread recently, before giving the jar to my biscoff-loving younger sister. It looks like you’ve come up with a perfect way to use the spread with these heavenly bars.

  • Therese
    6 years ago

    I would love to win this! Everything looks great! I used to make Lebkuchen for my Dad every year, and these spices would help me to make them again this year.

  • 6 years ago

    these sound so heavenly!

  • Jamie Hunter
    6 years ago

    ohh awesome!
    can I also say that I love your blog. It’s helped me a lot especially recently. I wanted to embrace more of my German side this holiday season, traditions that my grandfather and his family would have done when he was growing up. None of them are around anymore, and because of your recipes and writings I am able to find out more of what that side of my family would have been doing. I guess I have family in Germany but I have never met them, so your blogs make me feel closer to it. Thanks

    • Mihl
      6 years ago

      Thank you, Jamie! Really glad to hear this.

  • joyfulgirl
    6 years ago

    omg omg I have to make these bars. maybe a double batch. oh no.

  • Lilla
    6 years ago

    oh my. i like the spekulatius flavour so much, i wouldn’t even mind getting that jar missing a couple of spoonfuls.

  • Chris
    6 years ago

    I bought a jar of speculoos spread for a ridiculous price on Ebay £8.00, but it was worth it. Most of the jar was eaten with a spoon. Nice giveaway -whoever gets it will be very very happy!

  • 6 years ago

    Oh ja, das würde ich doch sehr gern gewinnen. Bin im Moment in Paris und werde morgen Nikolaus sehr vermissen! Und am meisten fehlt mir in der Weihnachtszeit das Lebkuchengewürz. Das gibt es hier nicht und das mache ich mir sonst in meinen Kakao.

  • 6 years ago

    Wow, Mihl, you really outdid yourself on this recipe! Goodness upon goodness! Nice job :-)

  • 6 years ago

    ist die spekulatius paste von rewe?
    und kann man aus deutschland auch mitmachen? wenn ja, dann bin ich dabei 8D

    • Mihl
      6 years ago

      Na klar!

  • Lisa
    6 years ago

    Yummy! I just read this and now i’ve gotta make these! I hope mine turn out as good as yours.

  • 6 years ago

    Those bars look absolutely amazing, Mihl! Wow! Every year I wonder what I’ll bake myself as a birthday treat, and I think you just gave me the answer with that recipe. Thank you!
    Oh, and you’ve filled that St. Nicholas package with fabulous goodies! The person who wins it will be very lucky!

  • Sol
    6 years ago

    Ohh I would love to try all that german sweets!

  • MollyG
    6 years ago

    Oh wow! What an amazing giveaway! I will be heading to Germany this coming summer for the first time. As a vegan, one of my favorite things to do while traveling is to find amazing local vegan food finds! I love seeing what you find locally and adding it to my Germany list! But this giveaway would be a great introduction! I hope I win!!

  • 6 years ago

    OMG Mihl. I can’t stop looking at that picture. If there are marks on my screen as if someone had been licking it… I’ll blame you.

  • 6 years ago

    Happy St. Nicholas day! I always thought it was such a sweet tradition. Your speculoos bars are incredible looking! Would love to whip me up a batch of them!

  • 6 years ago

    I just tried speculoos spread for the first time yesterday! There is a belgian waffle cart in manhattan that sells jars of it. I can’t believe how incredible that stuff tastes.

  • Megan
    6 years ago

    I am so making these tonight

  • lutin
    6 years ago

    Greetings from the PPK! I would love to win this (*and then ask you to send it to another PPKer, but only if that’s ok with you :) ). Gorgeous desserts, as always!

  • 6 years ago

    Oh my, I would happily just eat a jar of cookie spread, but wrapped in caramel and chocolate! I need to make these.

  • Laura Beth Gibson
    6 years ago

    I would LOVE to try these things!

  • konen i skovkanten
    6 years ago

    When I read this, my mouth is watering so much. I’ve spent many a vacation in Germany and eaten quite a lot of spekulatius. Last vacation we went to Harleem in Holland and we – actually big son – digested a big amount of the paste. I find it to sweet, but I bet he would love to get a whole jar of his own. The rest of the family would love the rest of the packet.

    Love you blog by the way.

  • Beth
    6 years ago

    Whoa! Those bars look insane! What an awesome giveaway- I love new stuff.

  • AnnaLyon
    6 years ago

    Hmmm I’d love to have a taste!

  • kim d.
    6 years ago

    They had samples of the spekulatius spread at Trader Joe’s. It was so scrumptious, I could eat a whole jar in one sitting.

  • 6 years ago

    I can’t wait to make these now that I have finally found speculoos spread.

  • Michelle B.
    6 years ago

    OHHH, those bars look delicious. I love speculoos. I tried the spread at a bed and breakfast in Bruges a few years back. Happy St. Nicolas day to you!

  • Virrevojj
    6 years ago

    Ooh, this recipe looks lovely! I haven’t made homemade caramel bars, only chocolate ones. Definately worth a try!

  • 6 years ago

    Ooh I would love to win that package! Those bars/cookies looks FAB.

  • Isa
    6 years ago

    Oooh i want! Just because i love it all :)

  • 6 years ago

    I forgot it’s Krampus/Nikolo! I mean, I knew, but I forgot that it was already the 5th of December.

    I intrigued by the speculoos paste especially! (The rest I’m well familiar with, having lived in Austria/Belgium/Netherlands.) The Belgians/Dutch also have lovely cookies called ‘pepernoten’ (‘pepper nuts’) and even more so I like their tradition of writing short poems about/for other people on this holiday.

    What’s the brand of the speculoos paste (or the German Spekulatius one?). I want to hunt for it when I go to Austria later this month….

    • Mihl
      6 years ago

      I love pepernoten!
      The speculoos paste is Lotus brand and the Spekulatius paste avaulable at REWE supermarkets. I never saw them in Austria, but maybe you are lucky.

  • 6 years ago

    Ooooh! Those are the things I miss from the time I lived in Germany! Mmmmmmm….

  • Leah
    6 years ago

    I just saw spekulatius spread at Trader Joes!

  • meg
    6 years ago

    Those look delicious. /drool. My life has not had enough sweets in it this last week.

  • Melissa
    6 years ago

    Mihl- I am familiar with all of these products! We were living in Germany for the last 2 years and this is our first year back in the US. I certainly miss this time of year in Germany. Nice giveaway!

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