Speculaas (or Speculoos in Flemish), is a Dutch spice butter cookie that is baked with various pictures molded into the cookie, such as animals, people and, most famously, a windmill.
If you were to ask me, “Quick! What’s the first cookie that pops into your head?” the answer will be a speculaas cookie. Speculaas cookies, for me, have been the cookie of my childhood. Being Dutch, there were always speculaas cookies in the pantry (more so than chocolate chip cookies), so the smell and taste of them bring back lots of memories.