Speculaas, and a Happy 2014!

Well, well, time flies. On that note, welcome to 2014! I am sure that you have heard that enough already, as it is a few days into January, but seriously; have a wonderful year. I hope you find it completely to your liking.
To celebrate, let us eat cookies! Simple, delicious and full of delicious spices and flavour. In short, they were delicious and a nice surprise. The texture and crunch is perfect, so you could opt out the spices and make them vanilla, or just use ginger. Enjoy and I look forward to more recipes this year 🙂

100g butter
110g brown sugar
80g white sugar
1 egg
200g flour
¼ tsp baking soda
2&1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
¼ tsp each nutmeg, cloves and black pepper

Soften the butter and beat with the sugars until light fluffy. Mix in the egg. Sift together the rest of the ingredients (the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and black pepper) and mix. Add bit by bit to the butter mixture until combined. If you are using an electric mixer, you may have to finish this off by hand. Roll in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes to 24 hours.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line two baking trays. Roll out the dough onto a floured clean surface until about 3-4mm thick. Cut with the desired cutters and arrange evenly spaced (the cookies will spread slightly) on the trays. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden and the cookies move when lightly nudged. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 70 cookies (depending on size).
Lasts a good few days!


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