Speculoos Cookies by Trader Joe’s

Speculoos are a tra­di­tion­al spiced short­crust bis­cuit com­monly served in bis­tros and cafes in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. And these Speculoos Cookies by Trader Joe’s, man­u­fac­tured in Germany, are about as close to the real thing as I’ve ever been.

The bis­cuits are usu­ally eaten dur­ing the month of December and always have some image or fig­ure often from the tra­di­tion­al stor­ies about St Nicholas stamped on the top side.

These bis­cuits are thin and very crunchy with an ini­tial fla­vour that recalls a pret­zel spar­ingly dus­ted with cin­na­mon — likely a res­ult of the bak­ing powder used as the leaven­ing agent. A mel­low car­a­mel­ised sweet­ness devel­ops as you munch through the bis­cuit before the more­ish toasty notes, recall­ing a cook­ie baked to golden brown, emerge to lend a rich­er sweet­ness ahead of the bis­cuit dis­solv­ing in your mouth and leav­ing a linger­ing after­taste with hints of spice and a remind­er of pretzel.

The gentle fla­vours of these ultra crunchy spec­u­loos bring enough fla­vour to make them more­ish. Any stronger on the spices and it would be too heady to eat more than one at a time.

This box of Speculoos Cookies by Trader Joe’s con­tained 20 bis­cuits. It was pro­duced in Germany and pur­chased in New York, New York, the United States of America in 2016.