Gluten-free Speculoos Cookies (Dutch Speculaas)

Gluten-free Speculoos Cookies (Dutch Speculaas)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 22 minutes

Serves: 24

Deliciously spiced and gluten-free! Indulge in the irresistible flavors of homemade gluten-free Speculoos cookies!

Speculoos is a type of spiced shortcrust biscuit or cookie that originated in the Netherlands and Belgium. It is traditionally made with a blend of aromatic spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and cardamom. The cookies have a distinctively crunchy texture and are often enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea.

Speculoos has gained popularity worldwide, and you can find it in various forms such as spreadable paste (commonly known as speculoos spread or cookie butter) and as a flavoring in ice creams, chocolates, and other confections.

While speculoos can be enjoyed throughout the year, it is particularly associated with the holiday season, especially in Belgium and the Netherlands. It is often made and consumed during the festive period, including Saint Nicholas’ Day and Christmas.

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

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

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

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Gluten-free Speculoos Cookies

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 22 minutes
  • Total time: 32 minutes
  • Serves: 24


  • 120 g dark brown caster sugar
  • 100 g butter, unsalted
  • 80 g almond flour
  • 80 g oat flour
  • 40 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. Leave to cool in the refrigerator for half an hour.

  • 5)

    Dust your work space with some gluten-free flour and roll out the dough until 5 mm thick. Cut out cookies with a cookie cutter.

  • 6)

    Place the cookies on the baking tray leaving some space in between.

  • 7)

    Bake the gluten-free Speculoos biscuits in the middle of the oven for approx. 20-22 minutes until golden brown.

  • 8)

    Allow to cool and enjoy!

  • 9)

    Store in an airtight container for up to a week.


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