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Speculaas Stars Cookies

Sue Lau
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Chill Time 30 mins
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine Dutch


  • Equipment: Parchment paper and a large star shaped cookie cutter


Cookie Dough:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons minced orange zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom


  • 1 cup sliced blanched almonds


  • Cream together the butter, shortening and sugars until smooth.
  • Add egg, molasses and orange zest, mixing well.
  • Mix in remaining dough ingredients until it forms a smooth dough.
  • Divide dough in half and wrap each half in a disk shape in plastic wrap and freeze for thirty minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll out dough (one disk at a time) to 1/8"-1/4" thick, between parchment paper, keeping the other chilled while you work.
  • Cut out star shapes and transfer dough cutouts to parchment lined cookie sheets. If dough is difficult to handle, chill longer.
  • Press almond slices around cookie as shown in photos.
  • Bake cookies for 14-16 minutes or until the tips of the stars just begin to brown.
  • Cool cookies completely on the cookie sheets.


From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Keyword Speculaas