Spekulatius are one of my favorite cookies. Since I actually never got to make them from scratch, Noemi and I decided to bake cute Halloween shaped spekulatius. We were really surprised how delicious they came out and how good they tasted covered with a chocolate glaze. As already mentioned in our previous post,
we unfortunately don´t really celebrate Halloween. But since I´m american, I decided to bring a little Halloween to Austria. We got those really cute bat, ghost and cat cookie cutters and had lots of fun making these cookies. These cookies are also perfect to bake with kids, so much fun especially when decorating, they can feel free to make their own halloween creations.
This is what you will need:
- 150 g butter
- 100 g sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbs. pumpkin pie spice (ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves)
- a pinch of salt
- 250 g flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- 100 g of grated almonds
- zest of one lemon and one orange
- 1 egg, whisked for brushing
Combine dry ingredients: flour, bakinpowder, pumpkin spice, almonds, zests and a pinch of salt. In another bowl mix together butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and now mix in flour mixture. Wrap dough into foil and let rest in fridge for an hour.
Pre-heat oven to 180°C, then prepare dough. Flour your working surfac
e and roll out dough. Cut out cookies using cookie cutters you prefer. Lay cut out cookies on a parchment paper covered baking tray. Brush cookies with whisked egg and bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Let them cool out completely. Then you can additionally glaze them with chocolate and top with sprinkles, as we did.
Chocolate glaze & Decoration
- 100-200g chocolate
Melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl over simmering water. Fill in a piping bag or elapse on cookies using a teaspoon. Sprinkle cookies with sprinkles as you desire (inspirations on pictures).
- 2 tbs. of powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. of egg whites
Combine in a small cup until well combined and elapse on ghost cookies. Let icing set and pipe mouths and eyes with the melted chocolate.
Enjoy and have fun baking!
Happy Halloween everyone!