Desserts & Baking

Sandwich biscuits with speculaas

Makes 12
15 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling time
15 minutes

“You can make your own speculaas – see our recipe on – or buy a jar.”-Abigail Donnelly

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  • 125 g butter, softened
  • 180 g brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple-flavoured golden syrup
  • 1 free-range egg yolk
  • 280 g flour
  • 3 T cocoa
  • 1 t ground ginger
  • 1 t bicarbonate of soda
  • speculaas, for filling(recipe on

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the syrup and egg yolk and beat.

2. Sift the dry ingredients and fold into the butter.

3. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, then shape into a ball. Wrap in clingwrap and chill for 30 minutes.

4. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 5 cm. Cut out your desired shapes using a cookie cutter.

5. Place on a lined baking tray and bake for 10 minutes. You might need to bake them in 2 batches. Cool, then sandwich with the speculaas.

Cook’s note: I sometimes do one side cocoa and one plain. To do this, make two batches of dough and add the cocoa to one batch when mixing.

Learn how to make speculaas here.

Find more biscuit recipes here.

Photographs: Jan Ras
Production: Abigail Donnelly 
Food assistant: Josh van Zyl







Abigail Donnelly

Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly

Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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