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A closeup of a Spekulatius cookie (with a deer impression made my using a cookie stamp).


Gently spice, crispy German Spice Cookies. A fun and easy recipe for the entire family.
Course Baked Goods, Dessert
Cuisine German
Keyword Christmas cookies, cookies, holiday baking
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 130kcal
Author Maike


Dry Ingredients


Wet Ingredients

  • 12 tablespoons butter unsalted, room-temperature, cubed
  • 3 large eggs



  • Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or use a silpat).

Making The Dough

  • Combine dry ingredients and spices in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well combined. Add eggs and butter.
  • Use and electric mixer with the dough hook attachment to combine the ingredients. Once the dough becomes crumbly, use your hands to knead the dough.
  • Shape 4-5 five round dough balls. Wrap each dough ball in plastic wrap and chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge.

Making And Baking The Cookies

  • Sprinkle flour onto a work surface and roll the dough to about ¼ inch thickness. Use the cookie stamps to mold and cut your dough (see notes). Remove excess dough and transfer cookies onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit. Transfer onto a wire rack and let cool. Enjoy!



For this recipe, I purchased the Yuletide Stamp set from Nordic Ware. They are about 3-inches in diameter. The servings are based on this cookie set. But you can use any cookie cutter. The stamping is purely for decoration. 
If you are making smaller and thinner cookies, adjust your oven time. I recommend starting checking after 8 minutes. 


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg