Speculaas (Dutch Windmill Cookies)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

My grandpa taught me how to make these authentic Dutch windmill cookies, using his wood cookie forms that have passed through the generations. Today, they can be made into any shape you like, using cookie cutters.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a bowl, beat the butter 30 seconds or until softened.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients, except for the almonds, in a small bowl.
  3. Add half of this mixture into the butter. Stir until mixed.
  4. Add the remaining flour mixture and 1/3 cup almonds and stir until mixed.
  5. Divide dough in half.
  6. On lightly floured surface roll one portion ot the dough to 1/8" thickness.
  7. Cut into desired shapes, place on greased cookie sheet and decorate with remaining almonds (if desired).
  8. Repeat with second half of dough.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees 8-10 minutes, or until browned.
  10. Cool on cookie sheet one minute.
  11. Remove and allow to cool.
Most Helpful

5 5

Loved the cookie! Left out the spices, added almond extract. Rolled into balls about the size of a quarter, then flattened to 1/8-1/4". Baked for about 12 minutes for extra crispy cookies (once they cooled).

5 5

I have looked for a recipe for these for many years!!! These were excellent!!! Loved them!!!

5 5

Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe & memories. The whole house smelled really good. These are delicious & satisfied my Dutch windmill cookie craving! They're better than store bought - so fresh, crisp and a new fav recipe. Per another reviewer I also added 1/2 tsp ginger to mine & they taste great. Instead of rolling/cutting I formed them into a log to slice & bake. Worked out perfectly if you don't mind the plain rectangular shape.