Easy Recipe for Vegan Spekulatius Christmas Cookies

von Mina
spekulatius christmas cookies vegan Plätzchen

In Germany, there’s no Christmas without spekulatius, spiced cookies that originated in the Netherlands. They are made of short pastry and turn out thin & crispy.

spekulatius christmas cookies vegan Plätzchen

The most common type is spice spekulatius. There’s even spekulatius seasoning mix available in Germany, but you can just make your own or – as I do it – use gingerbread spice which tastes pretty similar as it contains the typical spices like cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon. The cookies are typically formed by using a cookie mold. However, you can use any kind of cookie cutter that you have anyway.

Vegan Spice Spekulatius (German: Gewürzspekulatius)
Prep Time
15 Min.
Cook Time
15 Min.
Resting Time
30 Min.
Total Time
30 Min.

Spekulatius is a traditional Christmas cookie that is made out of a shortcrust. The cookies are typically formed by using a cookie mold, but you can use any kind of cookie cutter that you have anyway.

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Dutch, German
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Mina
  • 1 2/3 cups flour (I used spelt flour) (200 g)
  • 1/3 cup raw cane sugar (or sugar of choice) (60 g)
  • 2 tbsp gingerbread spice (s. notes)
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp vegan butter/ margarine (100 g)
  1. Combine flour with sugar, gingerbread spice, and salt. 

  2. Add butter (cold if kneading the dough with your hands, soft if using a food processor) and knead the dough well. 

  3. Form dough into a ball, place in a sealable bowl and leave in the fridge for about 30 minutes. 

  4. On a floured working surface, roll dough and either use cookie cutters or place roll onto a spekulatius form in portions. 

  5. Bake cookies at 350° F (180° C) for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Recipe Notes
  • You can make gingerbread spice yourself with this recipe
  • Store these cookies in an airtight container, this maintains their freshness and crispness longer. 

I hope you love this recipe – please let me know in the comment section below! If you make these Christmas cookies, make sure to take a photo and share it on my Facebook page or on Instagram, using the hashtag #minamadefood. Oh and don’t forget to tag me (@thisisminamade) so that I can see your creations!

spekulatius christmas cookies vegan Plätzchen

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