Spicy, tasty almond treat

Homemade cookies aren't always succesful mainly because of the oven. This year I had a bit more luck. For the month December I baked several cookies, spicy ones, cakes (made out of almond flour included) and our so beloved 'kruidnoten' and 'pepernoten'.
Kruidnoten are the most eaten cookie in our country. Imagine it's only available in November and December!

The filled spices biscuit (cake?), we call 'gevulde speculaas', I baked was awesome but you have to like it. I used a gluten-free recipe which is FODMAP as well because it was the first one I found and my internet connection keeps low (2.2 bps this morning!). I changed it a bit because of a lack of ingredients which means it wasn't gluten-free.

150 grams cornflour
100-150 grams of flour
160 grams of (brown) sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
A bit salt
2 tablespoons spices (see my other recipes!)
200 grams of butter into in small pieces

Make a dough out of it and let it rest for several hours or 1-2 days.

The filling:
Is almond paste or what we call marzipan. Marzipan is almond with sugar plus a bit of water. You can add the crest of half of a lemon if you like (I did not).

  • 150 - 200 grams of almond flour or almonds you grind yourself. A machine/tool to grind coffee beans is a great help.
  • 150 - 200 grams of sugar (same as you used for the almonds.
  • 3-4 tablespoons of water.
  • crest of 1/2 lemon

Make a ball out of it and let it rest for about one week!

After one week, before you bake it, you add 3-4 tablespoons of water, or milk, or one egg to your marzipan.

How to...

  • Divide the dough into two parts.
  • The first layer you put in your baking mold.
  • Next you put the marzipan on it.
  • Cover it with a layer of the dough
  • Put some egg on the top and add some (parts of) almonds to it.


  • Temperature: 180 °C
  • Baking time: 30 - 40 minutes

Almonds are very expensive and it's cheaper to buy this in a supermarket than baking it yourself but this one is more healthy than what they sell you. No chemicals, fake marzipan (soy instead of almond).


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17.12.2020 19:05

Hi there wakeupkitty.pal! I wish my grandma was here, I would surely cook cookies and give it to her. It would be nice to share a recipe like this to her, she will like the cookies guys. It's a nice bonding for a grandmother and her granddaughter to bake cookies, she can teach her how to bake delicious cookies guys.

18.12.2020 03:59