Speculaas almond and chocolate addictive mini bites

Speculaas almond and chocolate addictive mini bites

By 30/06/2014

I love experimenting with new ingredients in the kitchen. I have recently been sent a spice mix to review from the Speculaas Spice Company.  Speculaas is a Dutch spice mix dating from the 17th Century when Dutch bakers began to make their own secret spice mixes.

As soon as I opened the packet the overwhelming aroma of spices filled the room with an exotic fragrance. I must say I have never been into cinnamon that much but I liked it. The mix is made of cinnamon, ginger and other spices so it tastes fresh and pleasant.

I took the perfect opportunity of putting my bored children at work. They loved preparing the biscuits and of course eating most of them afterwards! I have used ground almonds and orange essence for a nutty and perfumed consistency and I topped them with dark chocolate and some toasted hazelnuts to make them truly addictive.

  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes



Put the egg and the sugar in a bowl and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. Combine well with your hands to make a ball. If it feels sticky place in the fridge for 30 minutes.


Make small balls the size of a walnut

rolling pastry

then flatten them with your hands

flattening biscuits

Lay them on a greased baking tray. Cook for 20 minutes at 190C.

biscuits for the oven

Take the biscuits out of the oven. Melt the chocolate over a saucepan of simmering water then with a teaspoon put some melted chocolate over each biscuits.

Hazelnut Speculaas biscuits with chocolate

Sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts and enjoy!

Hazelnut Speculaas biscuits

Speculaas biscuits

I am entering this into Bake of the Week.

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15 Responses to Speculaas almond and chocolate addictive mini bites

  1. Beth

    They do sound addictive! So pretty and delicious.

  2. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,

    These look heavenly. How lucky you are that you have helpers in the kitchen. I am sure they loved helping and eating. These are so pretty looking, good enough for company or even the holidays…Thanks for sharing this special goodie. Bravo to your helpers!

    Blessing, Dottie 🙂

  3. gloria

    Alida these sounds really delicious! And so addictive!
    And how cute yours kids and your girl is cute like you:)

    • Alida

      You are sweet. Thank you Gloria 🙂

  4. la cucina di Molly

    Che bello vedere i tuoi piccoli all’opera in cucina che preparano questi deliziosi biscotti! Immagino il profumino di questi biscotti speziati! Bravissima Alida, anche le tue ricette sono deliziose e sane, mi piace la tua cucina! Un bacione!

  5. Javelin Warrior

    I love “Biscoff” and other generic versions of the spice mix so I know I’d enjoy these. Especially with the combination of chocolate and almonds… Such wonderful little snacks…

    • Alida

      Yes and they went very quickly. I remember having lots of cinnamon spiced biscuits in Germany over the Christmas period. So delicious.

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  7. Louise

    Little hands make the best little bites don’t they Alida:) Of course the spices give them a boost too, lol…They sure do look good, Alida. As a matter of fact, I would mind a few right now!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Alida…

    P.S. We really enjoyed having you play the Picnic Game, Alida. You did a fantabulous job and your frittata was loved by all!!! Thank you again, Alida…

    • Alida

      You are right little hands can help a lot! And to be honest I was really surprised this time as they did most of the work. All I needed to do was the washing up! lol
      Thank you again for hosting the picnic game. It has been very successful!

  8. Alida

    Yes, for me these are kind of new flavours and you are right.. so addictive! It will be great to make plenty more for Christmas too x

  9. Casa Costello

    Wonderful! Thanks so much for joining in with Bake of the Week – Congratulations on being the Spotlight Baker. x

    • Alida

      Thank you! x

  10. Honest Mum

    Wow they are absolutely wonderful little sweet bites! Stunning blog too! Thanks so much for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  11. Choclette

    Yes Alida, they do sound truly addictive. The almond biscuits alone would do me, but how could I resist with chocolate on top too.

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