Dutch Spice Nuts ( Pepernoten / Kruidnoten)

It’s the time of the year again in the Netherlands to bake up some sweet Dutch Spice nuts (pepernoten / kruidnoten) for the Sinterklaas festival. Our Spice nuts recipe is simple and quick! Your kids will love you for it!

Please Note: You are able to buy Dutch Speculaas Spice Mix from Special Dutch stores online. Or you can make it yourself by mixing the dry ingredients mentioned in the recipe.

SERVING SIZE: 30 Dutch Spice Nuts (Pepernoten)
Yields1 ServingPrep Time15 minsCook Time25 minsTotal Time40 minsCategory, ,


Spice nuts | Ingredients
 250 g Self Raising Flour
 125 g Brown Sugar
 100 g Cold Butter
 4 tsp Dutch Speculaas Spice Mix*
 5 g Salt
 6 tbsp Milk
Speculaas Spice Mix | Ingredients
 6 tsp Ground Cinamon
 1.50 tsp Ground Nutmeg
 1 tsp Ground Cloves
 0.50 tsp Ground Ginger
 0.50 tsp Ground White Pepper (optional)
 1 tsp Ground Aniseed (optional)



Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees (fan-forced 130 degrees); when using fan-forced change it to 150.


Combine all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl


Chop the butter into small pieces and add it together with the milk to the dried ingredients mixture


Mix it with the hand until you have one big ball


Roll a little bit of dough into a small marble size shaped balls. With this dough, you can make approx. 70 Spice nuts (pepernoten/ kruidnoten).


Place all the little Spice nuts (pepernoten/ kruidnoten) on a baking sheet; on a oven tray.


Bake them for approx. 25 minutes.

Speculaas Spice Mix

Combine all the dry ingredients together. Tha's all :)

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