This is “Gevulde Speculaas” – a Dutch brown spice cake-like cookie filled with thick almond paste in the middle.
The speculaas cookies mixture usually contain at least cinnamon, cloves, ginger, pepper, cardamom, coriander, anise seeds and nutmeg, while the heavy sugary almond paste filling is commonly scented with lemon zest.
Gevulde speculaas is one of the most popular treats during such festive season. It is not something I am fond of. Not because of the high calories content! I am just not into sweet stuffs. However, I do not mind the occasional speculaas cookie with my cup of tea.
Have you tried these? You can easily buy them at supermarkets, local bakeries and market stalls.