Speculaas Spices

Ditch that elderly, faded box of Mixed Spice from the supermarket! Use an aromatic spice mix for Christmas biscuits and breads – adjust and adapt at will.

To use in these Christmas Marzipan Biscuits

From a Dutch website (long forgotten)

  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp aniseed
  • ¾ tsp ground white pepper
  • ¾ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cloves

Grind together in a spice grinder. Simple as that.


Another fresh mix (how mine developed over the years I had lost my original recipe!)

  • 2-3 inches cinnamon stick
  • 8 cloves
  • ¼ tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp coriander seed
  • 2-3 allspice berries
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 5-6 cardamom pods
  • 1 blade of mace
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

As above. (Adding a one seed of star anise also works – but no more!)


Yet another fresh mix – from Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe.


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