The feast days in the Netherlands are dominated by sweet treats and cookies that contain ingredients like spices, white flour, dried fruit, almonds and sugar. In days gone by, these goodies used to be extremely expensive, which is why their use was reserved for special holidays and parties. Nowadays, of course, we tend to eat speculaas year-round, but there are still some treats, like kruidnoten, advocaat and bischopswijn that are only enjoyed during the festive season. Here are 10 of our favorite festive recipes (in no particular order):
These delicious Dutch cinnamon-ginger cookies are traditionally eaten at Sinterklaas. Because commercial versions are often windmill shaped, they are also known as Windmill Cookies abroad, but these cookies actually come in a variety of shapes, such as figurines, angels and animals. Filled varieties, such as the speculaasstaaf and gevulde speculaas cookies, are also very popular.