Photo: Linda Pugliese, Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas, Buffy Hargett Miller
Hands-on Time
10 Mins
Total Time
5 Hours
Makes about 2 dozen

To create a lacy design on these cookies (also known as Speculoos), place a stencil or doily over the cooled cookies before dusting with powdered sugar.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together first 4 ingredients and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl. Beat butter and next 2 ingredients in a medium bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 to 3 minutes or until combined. Stir in flour mixture just until blended. Shape dough into a 2-inch-thick log; wrap in plastic wrap, and chill 4 hours to 3 days.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 325°. Slice dough log into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Place cookies about 1 inch apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Step 3

Bake at 325° for 10 to 14 minutes or until cookies are fragrant and dry. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 30 minutes).

Step 4

Stir together powdered sugar and remaining 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. Sift powdered sugar mixture over cookies.

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Ratings & Reviews

They're good, but add an egg! :)

December 14, 2017
I've made these a few times now and every time I follow the recipe, can't get the dough to hold together, then remember how I fixed it last time.  I'm not sure why the recipe doesn't list an egg, but you need something to bind it together so the dough doesn't just crumble when you try to slice it.  Add an egg and you'll be good to go.  :)

Didn't work for me

December 15, 2015
The dough was very hard to get to hold together to roll. Just didn't look right. Then most of them really spread out ... melted ... during baking. Looked awful. Tasted pretty good, though.

Worked for me

December 14, 2016
worked for me, but found the taste to mild am going to try again but put all the spice into the dough.I left the dough in the fridge over night and then brought it back to room temperature before slicing.