“Crisp, caramelized, cinnamon-spiced Belgian cookies,” is how the box describes Speculoos, the trendy cookie from Trader Joe’s that sparked the whole Cookie Butter craze.
You’d think that Speculoos is a new product, considering how it just boomed into the market last year, but it’s actually a really old traditional cookie. This Dutch classic was usually served during the holiday season, but was so favored that it eventually became a year round treat. And what’s not to like? This spiced shortbread cookie is definitely addictive.
Upon first bite, Speculoos Cookies are hard, dry and powdery, reminiscent of our local uraro or arrowroot cookies. But perhaps it’s exactly this unflattering description that makes it so habit-forming. Lightly sweetened and heavily spiced, each bite gives off strong scents of cinnamon and nutmeg, giving it a holiday-like appeal. I like to take tiny nibbles of it, figuring that small bites are perfect for delivering just the right amount of flavor to your mouth. But half a box later, I still find myself wanting more. I could finish a whole box in one sitting, if only it weren’t so darn expensive locally.
In the case of Speculoos Cookies versus Speculoos Cookie Butter (Or Biscoff, which I like more), I like the source cookie better, even if I teasingly refer to it as high-end uraro. My next mission is to settle for a simple, doable Speculoos Cookie recipe and whip up a batch, hopefully for cheaper than 375 pesos a box.
Have you tried Speculoos Cookies? Did you like it?