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 thoughts on “Spekulatius Caramel Chocolate Bars

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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. :)

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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 :)

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

  7. 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!!

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

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

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

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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 :-)

  15. 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.

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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!!

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

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

  32. 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!

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

  34. 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….

    1. 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.

  35. 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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