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
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.
- Combine all ingredients for the spice mix and store in an airtight container.
- 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.
*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.