Gluten-free Mini Spiced Biscuits (Dutch Kruidnoten)

Gluten-free Mini Spiced Biscuits (Dutch Kruidnoten)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves: 12

The best gluten-free mini spiced biscuit recipe!

Kruidnoten are a traditional Dutch treat that is typically consumed during the holiday season, specifically in the Netherlands and Belgium. These small, bite-sized cookies are made from a spiced dough that contains ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. They have a crunchy chewy texture and a slightly sweet and aromatic flavor.

Kruidnoten are closely associated with the celebration of “Sinterklaas,” a festive holiday in Dutch culture that takes place on December 5th. During this time, Sinterklaas (the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas) arrives in the country, and children receive gifts and sweets. Kruidnoten are commonly enjoyed by both children and adults as a traditional treat during the Sinterklaas festivities. However, they have become increasingly popular and can be found in stores leading up to and during the holiday season.

Notes on ingredients, substitutions and measurements for gluten-free spiced mini biscuits (Dutch Kruidnoten)

For this recipe I made my own flour mixture using buckwheat, oat and almond flour. Alternatively you could use a high quality gluten-free flour blend like Schär Pâtisserie Mix C.

If you’ve made these gluten-free mini spiced biscuits, let us know in the comments down below how you liked it!

Love baking gluten-free cookies?

On Gluten-free-Kitchen you can find a number of easy cookie recipes. How about these:

Print Recipe

Gluten-free Mini Spiced Biscuits (Dutch Kruidnoten)

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes
  • Serves: 12


  • 120 g dark brown caster sugar
  • 100 g butter, unsalted
  • 80 g almond flour
  • 60 g oat flour
  • 60 g buckwheat flour
  • 2 tbsp mixed spice, (pudding spice / pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt


  • 1)

    Preheat the oven to 170°C conventional heating (top-bottom heat).

  • 2)

    Line a baking tray with baking paper.

  • 3)

    In a bowl, mix the flours, salt, baking powder, sugar and mixed spice.

  • 4)

    Add the butter and egg to the mixture. Knead the mixture using a mixed with dough hooks or mix by hand to form a cohesive dough.

  • 5)

    Shape small consistently sized balls from the dough.

  • 6)

    Place the balls on the baking tray leaving space in between the balls of approx. 3 cm.

  • 7)

    Bake the gluten-free spiced biscuits in the middle of the oven for approx. 10-15 minutes.

  • 8)

    Allow to cool and enjoy!

  • 9)

    Store in an airtight container for up to a week.


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Previous Recipe Next Recipe