Speculaas is a cookie that is mostly eaten in the Netherlands and Belgium as well as some other parts of Europe. In the Netherlands we eat it around November/ beginning of December due to a local celebration called Sinterklaas. This cookie tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and other winter-like flavors.
Every year in November and December Saint Nicholas comes to Holland and gives presents to the children. This is a Dutch tradition, at that time we eat some snacks like "speculaas" (spiced biscuits) and "kruidnoten" the best translation we've found is Gingerbread buttons (small spiced cookies). When Kim was little she always made kruidnoten, this is a family tradition that is still going strong. We loved making these small cookies since it contains our favorite spice mix (a biscuit seasoning of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc.) and it's easy to bake. We like to share our recipe with you guys!