It is Kruidnoten Time!

December is near, which means it is Kruidnoten time! Those traditional Dutch cookies are not only super yummy but also extremely easy to make. So, let the baking begin…

What is it?

Kruid what?!
Every year on the 5th of December the Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas. A special holiday, which some consider even more important than Christmas! (What the holiday exactly is about will be explained later on our blog!) His helpers are called (translated) Black Pete and they do actually most of the work, like baking and sharing these spiced little cookies called Kruidnoten, which literally translates to ‘spiced nuts’.

Baking these little cookies is really easy and fun to do. The recipe is a mixture of butter, flour, dark brown sugar a pinch of salt and then…most importantly: the spices! 

The ESN Kruidnoten Recipe – a 100% fool-proofed!


  • 280 g of self-raising flour
  • 170 g of brown sugar
  • 170g of butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 Tbsp milk (or water)
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground ginger

Kruidnoten recipe


  1. Put the flour, sugar, milk, salt and the spices into a bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Add the butter and knead until you’ve got a nice soft dough, which is slightly sticky.
  3. Preheat the oven to 175°C
  4. Roll the dough into little balls
  5. Place the balls on the baking sheet and make sure you give them a soft press
  6. Bake the kruinoten for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven.
  7. Take the kruidnoten from the oven and let them cool before eating.
  8. Enjoy! (Try not to eat them all at once…)

Too lazy to bake? Buy Kruidnoten at ‘van Delft’
(a special store just for Kruid- and Pepernoten) in Utrecht!

Location: Utrecht
Van Delft – De Pepernotenfabriek
Vismarkt 22
3511 KS Utrecht

Location: Utrecht CS
Van Delft – De Pepernotenfabriek
Stationstraverse 5
3511 CN Utrecht

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