Speculaas spiced date cookies

Speculaas spiced date cookies

Servings 34 cookies
Calories 90kcal
Author Helen


  • 155 g margarine or butter (2/3 cup)
  • 100 g light muscovado sugar (1/2 cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp speculaas spice mix
  • 255 g self-raising flour (2 cups + 2 tbsp)
  • 200 g chopped stoned dates (1 cup + 2 tbsp)


  • Preheat the oven to 165C (330F). Line at least one baking sheet with parchment.
  • Cream the margarine and sugar till fluffy. Add the egg, bicarb and spice and mix well.
  • Add about a third of the flour, and a third of the dates, and mix well. Add another third of each, and mix. Add the final third of the flour and dates, and combine everything thoroughly to give a stiff dough.
  • Allow the dough to stand for 5-10 minutes to firm up slightly.
  • Take walnut-sized blobs of the dough, roll into balls, and flatten into discs. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 165C (330F) for around 10 minutes until golden. They will spread slightly in the oven, so leave some space between them.
  • Allow to cool for a minute or two on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


To make the 'traditional' recipe date cookies, omit the speculaas spice mix and add half a teaspoon of vanilla essence instead.
Per cookie: 90 calories, 4g fat, 1g protein, 13g carbs