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It's that time of year again!

Sinterklaas is officially in the country- and this year we were lucky enough to welcome him in my city! I've secretly been wishing for that since I discovered Sinterklaas some eleven years ago! Hans laughs at the fact that I'm still such a kid. Should I be ashamed to tell you that I was more excited than Kirstie when we met one of the most famous Pieten, (Sinterklaas helpers), the very cool Testpiet? Well, I'm not!

To celebrate, Kirstie and I spent an evening baking kruidnoten. It has been a tradition to do this a day before Sinterklaas arrives in the country. We will also be making more next Thursday evening, just in time for the big event on Friday the 5th of December!

Here's the recipe, which is foolishly easy!

Paola's Kruidnoten

250 g self- raising flour
pinch of salt
80 g dark brown sugar
45 g light brown sugar
1 tbsp Speculaas spices
100 g soft butter
3-4 tbsps milk

Preheat oven to 150C and line a cookie sheet with baking paper.
Sift flour, add sugar spices and salt. Stir well.
Add butter, in small pieces, and the milk. Knead well until the dough comes together. I always do this with my Kitchen Aid.
Make small balls the size of marbles and arrange them on a baking sheet with a little room between them. Flatten them a little and bake for about 20 minutes.
The kruidnoten keep well for about 2-3 days.

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