Dutch Holiday Cookies: Kruidnoten, Pepernoten, Koopman and Atlanta Oliebollen Mixes, Speculaas Dols, Taai Taai and TWO Recipes!
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The term kruidnoten is often confused with pepernoten. Kruidnoten, which translates to "spice nuts" in English, are harder, have a different color and shape, and are made with the same ingredients as speculaas.
Another variety of kruidnoten, called chocolate-kruidnoten, are covered in either dark, milk, or white chocolate.
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The spice mix usually includes a mixture of aniseed, cinnamon, white pepper, and ginger, combined with butter, flour, and sugar. Sometimes anise is also added.
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Kruidnoten Recipe (from the official Holland site)
125 grams (4.4 oz) self-rising flour
125 grams (4.4 oz) brown sugar
1 teaspoon of ground aniseed
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of white pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of ginger
30 (1 oz) grams of butter
Knead everything together into a stiff dough. You may have to add a tablespoon or two of milk if it's too stiff. Wrap and rest the dough in the fridge, preferably overnight but at least for a couple of hours to let the flavors blend.
Roll small pieces of dough into little balls and place them on parchment paper or a silicone mat on a baking sheet and slightly press them down.
Bake them at 200C (400F) in about 15 minutes until nicely browned. Let them cool on a rack.
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Recipe Taai Taai
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